The United States has won agreement from governments across Asia and the Pacific Rim to sharply restrict the use and transfer of shoulder-fired missiles that could be used by Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups to shoot down passenger planes, senior Bush administration officials said Monday. They said the United States was pressing to have the restrictions on the missiles, like the American-made Stinger and the Russian-made SA-7, written into the final statement that will be issued at this week’s meeting in Bangkok of President Bush and his counterparts from Asian and Pacific nations. Administration officials said the American proposal reflected a growing fear among intelligence and law-enforcement agencies that Al Qaeda planned new attacks with the weapons, similar to its effort last November to shoot down an Israeli passenger plane in Mombasa, Kenya, in which two Russian-made missiles barely missed a Boeing 757. Full Story
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