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Arms Dealers Fourish in Central America

A probe of an arms smuggling scheme has shed light on how international arms dealers have flourished in Central America, perhaps offering excess weapons to extremist groups, including al Qaeda. The arms merchants have found fertile terrain in Central America because of ineffective laws, an abundance of weapons left over from civil wars in the 1980s and little cross-border legal cooperation, according to a report of the investigation. The retired U.S. ambassador who led the investigation, Morris D. Busby, told the Organization of American States that he was “startled” at how easily arms traders operated in the region. A commission of the OAS issued its report of the inquiry this week. Full Story

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