The US May Have
Delivered 200,000 AK-47s to Insurgents in Iraq – War Construction Money
Used To Buy Submachine Guns + Explosives
May 11th 2006
The insurgents in Iraq may have 200,000 new assault weapons to use
against US forces. But where did these weapons come from; the Russians,
the Chinese, Osama Bin Laden? No, evidently they were delivered to Iraq
by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Northern Ireland newspaper, The Daily Mirror, reported that a 99-ton
cache of AK-47s was supposed to be delivered to Iraqi security forces.
According to Los Angeles Radio Station KNX News Radio, the U.S.
Department of Defense used a complex web of private arms dealers to fly
the shipment from a U.S. base in Bosnia to Iraq.
According to KNX reporter Steve Marshall, NATO and U.S. officials have
already voiced fears that the arms - sold by US, British and Swiss firms
- are being passed to insurgents. Two companies involved in the
transaction claim the weapons were delivered to Iraq, but refused to
show any paperwork as evidence.
Marshall reported that a NATO spokesman said "There's no tracking
mechanism to ensure they don't fall into the wrong hands. There are
concerns that some may have been siphoned off."
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Amnesty International spokesman, Mike Blakemore said “It's unbelievable
that no one can account for 200,000 assault rifles. If these weapons
have gone missing it's a terrifying prospect." According to the report,
American defense chiefs hired an American firm to take the guns from the
90s Bosnian war, to Iraq. The flights, which supposedly took off between
July 2004 and July 2005 were not recorded by air traffic controllers in
This comes on the heals of another recently exposed slip-up. The
Chicago Tribune reported that $8.6 million in reconstruction contracts
has been lost and possibly used to buy “submachine guns, grenade
launchers and other arms in the United States.” A businessman named
Philip Bloom, who worked in Iraq, has pled guilty to three counts of
conspiracy, bribery and money laundering last month.
Bloom, who was arrested in November, took millions of dollars in Iraqi
reconstruction contracts and offered money, cars, premium airline seats,
jewelry, alcohol, even sexual favors from women at his villa in Baghdad
as bribes to U.S. officials who directed the money to companies he
Another U.S. contractor, Robert J Stein, pleaded guilty in February for
his role in the scheme. Two lieutenant colonels in the U.S. Army
Reserve have also been arrested, while three other officers have been
implicated but not yet charged. According to an Associated Press
Report, Bloom is facing 40 years in prison and almost $8 million in
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