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November 16, 2007 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
Iran appears to be honoring an informal pledge to try to halt the smuggling of explosives and other weapons into Iraq, contributing to a decline in bombings by more than half since March, a senior U.S. general told reporters Thursday. "We have not seen any recent evidence that weapons continue to come across the border into Iraq," Maj. Gen. James Simmons said. "We believe that the initiatives and the commitments that the Iranians have made appear to be holding up."
September 30, 2007 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has secured a pledge from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to help cut off weapons, funding and other support to extremist militiamen in Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Saturday. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said there were signs of a slight drop in the types of attacks associated with Shiite militants since the deal was reached in August, and he raised the possibility that U.S.
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.
June 26, 2005 | Doug Frantz and Sonni Efron, Times Staff Writers
Concerned that efforts to halt nuclear proliferation have proved inadequate, the international community is developing new strategies to fight the illicit spread of atomic weapons technology by private smuggling networks. Based on lessons from the investigation of the global black market in nuclear technology headed by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Bush administration is pushing for a larger role for the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency.
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.
April 9, 2005 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
A Pakistani military supplier has been indicted in an investigation into a network now suspected of supplying both Pakistan and India with outlawed components for their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile systems, federal authorities disclosed Friday. Humayun A. Khan, 47, of Islamabad was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday, based in part on information provided by a former business associate who has been secretly cooperating with authorities for more than a year.
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.
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