Balkan Weapons Flowing to Iraqi Militias

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    A new report by Amnesty International, published on Thursday, says weapons from various countries - including Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania - have ended up in Iraq with mainly Shiite militia groups, which have used the arms to commit serious crimes.

    Field research and analysis of photographic and video evidence since June 2014 has found that these predominantly Shiite militias, fighting against Islamic State in Iraq alongside Iraqi government troops, have accessed arms produced in at least 16 countries, mainly the US, Russia and European states.

    According to Amnesty, so-called Popular Mobilization Units, PMU, which formally joined the Iraqi armed forces in 2016, have used those arms to commit war crimes, undertake revenge attacks and other atrocities against Iraqi Sunnis.

    “International arms suppliers, including the USA, European countries, Russia and Iran, must wake up to the fact that all arms transfers to Iraq carry a real risk of ending up in the hands of militia groups with long histories of human rights violations,” said Patrick Wilcken, Researcher on Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty.

    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/art...n-war-crimes-in-iraq-amnesty-warns-01-05-2017
     
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    Wow! Somebody use weapon for killing!
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    The balkans is known for supplying a lot of weapons to the black market and to various intelligence agencies. When we were aiding the Afghans against the Soviets we got a lot of weapons from corrupt military officers in the balkans.
     
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    some of the Balkan countries i heard are starting to become stricter on exportation of weapons, like for example Croatia, Saudi Arabia purchased storage weapons from Croatia and gave them to the Syrian opposition.
     
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    Yugoslavia had a massive army during the cold war, today the successor states have small militaries so all of these weapons are just sitting on the shelf waiting to be sold. The mafia is also very active in those countries.
     
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