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June 18, 2009 | Josh Meyer
The United States lacks a coordinated strategy to stem the flow of weapons smuggled across its southern border, a failure that has fueled the rise of powerful criminal cartels and violence in Mexico, a government watchdog agency report has found. The report by the congressional Government Accountability Office, the first federal assessment of the issue, offered blistering conclusions that will probably influence the debate over the role of U.S.
May 3, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux and Rushdi abu Alouf
Israeli warplanes on Saturday bombed tunnels beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, killing two Palestinian men, after militants fired mortar rounds into Israel from the coastal territory, according to the Israeli military and Palestinian medical workers. The men were the first fatalities in the conflict between the militant group Hamas and Israel in nearly two months.
March 27, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux and Edmund Sanders
A Sudanese official said Thursday that hundreds of people were killed early this year when foreign warplanes bombed three convoys smuggling African migrants through Sudan along with weapons that apparently were destined for the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hinted at his air force's possible involvement in the attacks. They came after Israel ended a 22-day assault on Gaza without fully achieving one of its aims: to choke off Hamas' weapons supply.
February 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Russia has foiled an attempt by a group of naval officials to smuggle $18 million worth of anti-submarine missiles and aviation bombs to China, officials said. Russia's chief military prosecutor, Sergei Fridinsky, said the 30 anti-submarine missiles and 200 bombs were seized in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic that borders China and Afghanistan. Russian navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said the smuggling attempt was uncovered by a joint operation of the military, prosecutors and the FSB federal security service.
October 30, 2008 | Times Wire Services
The U.S. military handed security responsibility for Wasit province to Iraqi authorities Wednesday, putting Baghdad in full control of 13 of the country's 18 provinces, including all of those in the mostly Shiite Muslim south. U.S. and Iraqi forces have been jointly seeking to shut down arms smuggling routes from Iran that use Wasit as a transit point before the weapons are taken elsewhere in Iraq. The weapons are thought to be going to Shiite militant groups. U.S.
December 24, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. ambassador expressed wariness Sunday about Iranian intentions in Iraq, saying that even if Iran-backed militias had decreased activities here, he was not yet convinced the Islamic state was committed to helping stabilize Iraq. U.S. military officials have cited the recent drop in roadside bombs and mortar and rocket attacks as a sign that Iran, which Washington accuses of fomenting unrest in Iraq, is altering its behavior.
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."
October 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Two Utah men are accused of trying to illegally export surplus pieces of F-14 fighter jets, a plane that is flown only by Iran. Abraham Trujillo, 61, and David Waye, 22, both of Ogden, are alleged to have tried exporting the parts to Canada, but the charges don't specify how they supposedly got the parts, nor are all buyers listed. Federal agents placed online orders, then intercepted the goods before they made it out of the country, the charges said.
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 30, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
A West Hills man has pleaded guilty to an audacious plan to buy as many as 100,000 Uzis in the United States and sell them to officials in Iran's government. Under a plea agreement reached this week, Seyed Mostafa Maghloubi, 49, acknowledged that he tried to obtain submachine guns and night vision goggles and ship them to Iran, in violation of U.S. laws prohibiting such transactions.
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