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August 28, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
jerusalem -- Hamas has smuggled 40 tons of weapons into the Gaza Strip this summer, apparently intent on resuming suicide bombings in Israel, according to an Israeli intelligence assessment of the militant Islamic group. A senior officer of Shin Bet, the domestic security agency, told the Cabinet in private testimony Sunday that Hamas' exiled leadership in Syria was plotting attacks to sabotage peace talks between Israel and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.
June 27, 2007 | From Reuters
Lebanon's border security is largely incapable of preventing arms smuggling from Syria, experts said Tuesday in a scathing report for the U.N. Security Council. The five independent experts said that during a three-week stay in Lebanon they had not heard of any weapons being seized. The team did not visit Syria, which has denied involvement in any illegal transfers.
May 20, 2006 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
A Cuban exile who said he stashed nearly 1,400 machine guns, grenades and rifles in his Upland home to help a paramilitary group overthrow President Fidel Castro was indicted this week on federal weapons charges, officials announced Friday. Robert Ferro, 61, faces five felony counts for allegedly storing the weapons, some of which were unregistered. Each count carries up to 10 years in prison. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said additional charges could be filed.
September 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
Thousands of Palestinians broke through Egyptian and Palestinian Authority lines on the Gaza border Friday, pouring into Egypt in defiance of government attempts to secure the frontier. Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli defense official, said the Palestinian Authority's credibility was on the line over its failure to stop gunrunners and others from crossing. Palestinians pelted their own security forces with stones at the Saladin gate, the main informal crossing in this border town.
May 5, 2005 | Rachel Van Dongen, Special to The Times
In the second embarrassing incident involving U.S. troops here in a little more than a month, Colombian police have detained two U.S. soldiers on suspicion of arms smuggling near a large military base in this nation's heartland, officials said Wednesday. The soldiers, whose names, ranks and duties were not disclosed, were arrested Tuesday in a condominium near the town of Carmen de Apicala with a "big quantity" of ammunition, Colombian Police Chief Jorge Daniel Castro told local radio. The U.S.
May 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea has emerged as a possible supplier in a clandestine nuclear network, with diplomats saying the communist country was the likely source of nearly 2 tons of uranium that Libya bought for its now-scrapped weapons program. The revelations intensified concern that Iran and other nations also could have obtained fuel, components and the knowledge to build nuclear arms from Pyongyang.
December 30, 2003 | Bob Drogin and Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writers
DAMASCUS, Syria A Syrian trading company with close ties to the ruling regime smuggled weapons and military hardware to Saddam Hussein between 2000 and 2003, helping Syria become the main channel for illicit arms transfers to Iraq despite a stringent U.N. embargo, documents recovered in Iraq show. The private company, called SES International Corp., is headed by a cousin of Syria's autocratic leader, Bashar Assad, and is controlled by other members of Assad's Baath Party and Alawite clan.
The fact that undercover agents continue to sneak dummy weapons through airport security points to a need for better training of screeners and highlights the problems of a system in a difficult transition, Transportation Department officials acknowledged Monday. "We are making sure that what we learn from these tests becomes incorporated into our training," said Mari K. Eder, a spokeswoman for the new Transportation Security Administration.
July 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States warned a U.N. meeting on small-arms trafficking that it is prepared to do battle to defend the rights of arms makers and legal gun owners--even when the guns they want to own are specifically designed for war. John R. Bolton, undersecretary of State for arms control, fired off the warning on the opening day of a conference aimed at clamping down on the $1-billion global small-arms trade, which the U.N. blames for half a million deaths a year. Bolton said the U.S.
January 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The son of the late French President Francois Mitterrand walked out of prison after his mother delivered his $725,000 bail three weeks after he was jailed in an inquiry into alleged illegal arms sales to Angola. Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, 54, smiled as he left La Sante prison in southern Paris, but he made no comment. His mother, Danielle Mitterrand, delivered the bail--which she called a "ransom"--at the Justice Palace. The money was raised by family and friends.
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