October 18, 2012
Re "Syrians report use of cluster bombs," Oct. 15 The article accurately describes the heinous nature of cluster bombs and their long-lived capacity to maim and injure people. Mainly civilians. Often children. Really, who would think up and manufacture such a weapon? You cite the Convention of Cluster Munitions, which bans their use, and note that Syria, unlike 100 other countries, has not signed it. You neglected to mention that the United States has also not signed the treaty (along with our friends China, Russia, India, Israel and Pakistan)
May 17, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Russian officials on Friday defended the country's weapons sales to Syria, saying the country is primarily providing defense systems that are in line with international treaties. Responding to news reports that Russia has sent advanced anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he did not understand why the media were making an issue of the sales. “We haven't concealed that we have been supplying weapons to Syria based on signed contracts without violating any international treaties or Russian legislation, one of the strictest in the world in terms of export control,” Lavrov said at a news conference at the Black Sea resort area of Sochi after meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
June 12, 2012 |
SABHA, Libya - Abdallah takes out his pistol and hands it to a friend. He says he is in good company, so he does not need it. Dressed in military camouflage gear and scarves, Abdallah and his six Libyan Tuareg companions sit under a tree that provides scant protection from the Saharan sun in southern Libya. They have been smuggling munitions to Tuareg insurgents in northern Mali for much of the last eight months. "We know the desert; there is nobody who can stop us," says one of the men, Omar.
May 13, 2012 |
The gig: Alton D. Romig Jr., 58, is "chief skunk" at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s famed Skunk Works secretive weapons development facility in Palmdale. It's one of the most coveted jobs in aerospace. For more than 70 years, workers at the shadowy site have designed and built the world's most innovative military aircraft, including the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 stealth fighter. About 2,000 people work on 600 programs at Skunk Works, which got its nickname in 1943 at its original Burbank headquarters that was located next to a manufacturing plant that produced a strong odor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 |
A 37-year-old Simi Valley man was arrested Thursday and charged with impersonating a police officer and possessing a stolen cache of weapons including assault rifles, grenades and large amounts of ammunition. Jeffrey Edmonds identified himself as a Los Angeles Police Department captain and had a counterfeit badge and police identification, according to authorities. Detectives tracked Edmonds after responding to a report of stolen weapons from a firearms manufacturer in Castaic, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2013 |
A Pomona man previously convicted of possessing child pornography was indicted Friday on federal charges of illegally possessing a slew of weapons, including eight handguns, two shotguns and a rifle, authorities said. Ky Cheng, 43, faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison if convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, according to the U.S. attorney's office of the Central District of California. Cheng, an Army veteran, was convicted of possessing child pornography six years ago after a court martial.