Libya ‘dangerous arms source’ – Kremlin envoy
Russia has called attention to the fact that the continuing spread of illegal arms from Libya fuels armed conflicts everywhere in North, Northwest and Northeast Africa.
Kremlin envoy Mikhail Margelov discussed this and other matters with Sudanese President Omar Bashir at a meeting in Khartoum on Saturday.
Mr Bashir said his country and South Sudan are close to an agreement on dividing oil-rich border areas, including the Abyei region.
Arms smuggling from Libya, and the future of the fight against al-Qaeda
Tunisian military jets have attacked three vehicles loaded with weapons driving near the Libyan border.
The incident happened in a remote part of the Sahara desert where the borders of Libya, Tunisia and Algeria meet.
Reports suggest the cars were travelling from Libya to Algeria.
State media initially reported that all three vehicles were destroyed, but the Associated Press quoted an unnamed security official as saying one car had escaped into Algeria.
The two military planes were apparently on a routine flight and fired on the vehicles after being attacked.
Arms trafficking has exploded in the region since the fall of autocratic leaders in Libya and Tunisia last year.
Military hardware and small arms looted from the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's stockpiles have found their way on to the black market and are often trafficked through hard-to-police desert areas.
There have been several other clashes between Tunisian security forces and armed smugglers crossing the border from Libya and Algeria over the last year.
Venezuela Holds U.S. Vessel And Crew On Suspicion Of Arms Trafficking
Forbes ^ | 6 Sep 2012 | Christopher Helman,
Posted on Thu Sep 06 2012 19:17:13 GMT-0600 (Mountain Daylight Time) by mandaladon
The Venezuelan government has seized a U.S. flagged ship and detained its captain for more than a week. The ship Ocean Atlas has been at port in Maracaibo, Venezuela since August 29. After four hours in port, the ship was boarded by armed security personel, and the captain was detained on suspicion of trafficking in arms or drugs. The rest of the crew of 16 Americans has remained on board under guard. According to a well-placed source arrest warrants have been issued for all of the crewmembers, who are to be taken off the ship for questioning.
Incredibly, my Forbes colleague Jeff Bercovici has been in touch over email with one of the crewmen, Russell Macomber, who has managed to post updates to his Facebook account while under detention. In a sardonic tone, he even relayed that when Venezuelan authorities raided the Ocean Atlas they stole cartons of cigarettes, ate the crew’s ice cream and let their dogs defecate on the deck. Macomber writes that he would like nothing more than an airdrop of Budweiser. Officials at the ship’s operator, Intermarine, did not immediately respond to Forbes’ requests for information. Nor did officials at American Maritime Officers, which is believed to have provided the crew for the ship. A spokeswoman at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington said she would look into the incident.
A spokesman for the Seafarers Union confirmed the seizure to Forbes and said, “The SIU is working feverishly to help resolve this situation and to ensure the safety of all mariners aboard the Ocean Atlas. We are staying in touch with the crew and will continue doing so.”
A U.S. Embassy official in Caracas also confirmed the incident to Reuters earlier today.
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