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13 August 2013

NYT: Sudan supplies weapons to Syrian opposition

The New York Times reported that Sudan has provided weapons for the Syrian rebels, adding yet another layer to the unregistered multinational arms pipeline supplying the opposition forces first reported by the NYT in June.

According to Western officials and Syrian rebels, the Sudanese government soldĀ  anti-aircraft missiles and small arms cartridges to Qatar in publically unacknowledged deals, and Qatar arranged for them to be delivered to the Syrian opposition forces through Turkey. Sudan, that maintains close ties with Iran and China, has reportedly denied sending weapons to the opposition forces.

Source: The New York Times | Arms Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syria Rebels

9 August 2013

Jordan thwarts Syrian arms smuggling attempt

The Associated Press reported that the Jordanian police is questioning two Syrians suspected of attempting to smuggle a large weapons cache, including surface-to-air missiles, into Jordan.

Jordanian officials did not reveal whether the suspects were affiliated with the Syrian opposition, and the purpose of the on-going investigation is to determine whether the men were rebels seeking to hide weapons in Jordan or stage attacks there. Jordan, a key US-ally in the region, has been concerned of the Syrian war spilling across the border and, despite official denials, reportedly acted as a transit point earlier this year for Saudi and Qatari weapons destined for Syrian rebels.

Source: Associated Press | Jordan foils alleged Syrian arms smuggling attempt

19 July 2013

UN to inspect Cuban shipment held in Panama, US assisted in seizure

The Panamanian Foreign Ministry announced that a five-member team of UN experts will inspect the Cuban weapons shipment that was seized last week in Panama on suspicion of carrying weapons to North Korea in violation of the UN arms embargo.

Although Panama has claimed to have acted on its own, American sources have reportedly confirmed that US intelligence was used, and the seizure has received strong support from the US. The US, operating the Panama Canal until 1999, has declined to comment on the details of the case, but security experts say the US likely assisted Panama in the operation.

Source: Reuters | U.S. concerned over North Korean arms ship, Panama awaits U.N.

18 July 2013

North Korean vessel carrying arms from Cuba held over suspected breach of embargo

It was reported on Tuesday that Panama has seized a North Korean cargo ship carrying weapons from Cuba. Cuba confirmed late on Tuesday that the arms were bound for North Korea but claimed that the missiles, fighter jets and other arms were obsolete defensive weaponry being sent away for repairs.

The seizure came after a violent stand-off between Panamanian marines and North Korean crew members. The vessel is currently held by Panamanian authorities over suspected breach of UN sanctions on North Korea, and Panama has asked UN investigators to inspect the shipment.

Source: The New York Times | Panama Seizes Korean Ship, and Sugar-Coated Arms Parts
Source: The Guardian | Cuba confirms arms bound for North Korea on ship seized in Panama
Source: Fox News | Panama says North Korean arms shipment a matter for the UN

20 June 2013

Op-ed argues that arming Syrian opposition irrational and dangerous

John Glaser, the editor of Antiwar.com, argues in his opinion post released on Al Jazeera that US arming the Syrian opposition risks entangling the US in a brutal and complex civil war.

Providing small arms to the opposition would not tip the scale in favor of the opposition and would instead prolong the stalemate and even push the Assad regime to be more violent, Glaser argues.

More intrusive intervention could evenĀ turn into a broader clash with Iran and Hezbollah with potentially dangerous implications for the entire Gulf Region, Glaser notes. Echoing the comments by Tufts Professor Daniel W. Drezner on Foreign Policy on 14 June, that arming the opposition is US realpolitik towards Syria, Glaser reminds his readers of the last time US interests coincided with those of the Saudis: supporting insurgents in Afghanistan in the 1980s, now a textbook example of blowback and unintended consequences.

Source: Al Jazeera | Sending arms to Syria is irrational and dangerous
Source: Foreign Policy | Why Obama is arming Syria's rebels: it's the realism, stupid.

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