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Questions raised about SANDF, Correctional Services and police weapons security

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald maintains South African government entities ranging from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) through to the police...

Multinational approach delivering results in countering smuggling in Arabian Sea

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Despite the growing effectiveness of maritime operations along the route from Iran to Yemen, drug and weapons trafficking remains a serious threat with consequences...

Amnesty month is small step toward ‘silencing the guns’

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Authorities in Liberia, Tanzania and Togo will work with United Nations officials throughout September to get illicit small arms and light weapons out of...

Libyan cease-fire could renew arms trafficking across borders

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A decade after it was declared a supermarket for illegal arms traffickers, Libya once again has become a source of illegal weapons flowing into...

Protecting military weapons key to defeating extremists

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When the Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sunna began spreading terror in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique in 2017, its fighters brandished machetes....

US Navy seizes illicit weapons from two dhows off Somalia

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The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S Churchill (DDG 81) has seized illicit shipments of weapons and weapons components from two stateless dhows...

Dozens of military weapons lost or stolen over last three years

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Fifty-seven R4 and R5 assault rifles, standard issue for South African soldiers, were either stolen or lost in a 32 month period, according to...

Thousands of weapons destroyed in PE

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Thousands of dangerous weapons have been destroyed at a smelter in the Nelson Mandela Bay District. Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe...

Weapons and explosives seized in Sudan

Sudanese forces seized explosive belts, guns including rifles fitted with silencers, remote detonation devices used and satellite telephones during a raid on a property...

Theft and loss of SANDF weapons and ammunition worrying

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Theft and loss of weapons in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) over the past three years totals 58 and worryingly includes assault rifles...

Consolidate or become obsolete, German official tells European arms makers

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European weapons makers to consolidate, the German government's armaments director said on Wednesday, and warned that failing to reduce the continent's fragmented...

US Navy seizes 2 521 AK-47s in Gulf of Aden

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The guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham seized an illicit weapons shipment containing 2 521 AK-47 rifles on 28 August in the...

U.S. Navy seizes hundreds of weapons from boat in Gulf of...

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The U.S. Navy seized hundreds of small arms, including AK-47s, from an unflagged boat in the Gulf of Aden, a U.S. defence...

Arms influx fuelling CAR violence – UN

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Deliveries of Russian weapons to Central African Republic's security forces this year pushed rebel groups to bolster own stockpiles as they consolidate...

SARS denies weapons on board flight to Cuba

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has refuted media reports that customs officials discovered R4 and R5 rifles, 7.62mm light machine guns...

Stolen Somali weapons for sale on open market

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At least 600 weapons stolen from a former United Arab Emirates-run training centre in Mogadishu are for sale in the city, weapons...

US welcomes Libya’s destruction of chemical weapons stockpile

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The White House congratulated Libya for destroying its remaining chemical weapons stockpile and called on Syria to eliminate its chemical weapons programme....

ISS: Are West Africa’s gunsmiths making violence cheap?

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The trafficking and illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons are often discussed in the context of fuelling instability and insecurity...

Over 2 000 weapons stolen from SA Police armouries

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More than 500 firearms a year have been stolen from SA Police Service armouries over the last four years. This means two thousand...

Somalia’s Puntland region captures weapons-laden boat from Yemen

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Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland seized a boat loaded with weapons from Yemen in Saturday's early hours, the regional maritime police chief...

Police arrest suspect in connection with 9 SAI weapons theft

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It took just short of a week for the combined skills of the SA Police Service and the Directorate for Priority Crime...

SA police find weapons stash in basement

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South African police discovered weapons and explosives including a suicide bomb vest stashed in the basement of a Johannesburg building on Monday....

SA hoping to sell weapons to Iran

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South Africa is hoping to sell some R1.5 billion worth of weapons to Iran, including Umkhonto surface-to-air missiles. This is according to an...

One accused of theft of arms and ammunition from Naval Base...

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The theft of arms and ammunition from Naval Base Simon's Town last July has had a court sequel with one of three...

Arabian Sea raids on arms smugglers show Iran-Yemen link

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When Western navies raided three dhows in the Arabian Sea this year, some of the weapons they found matched arms taken from...

US expects IS to wield chemical weapons in Mosul fight

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The United States expects Islamic State to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city...

Cybicom puts Weapon Control Unit into SA Navy submarine simulator

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South African defence systems integrator Cybicom is upgrading the South African Navy's submarine simulator with a weapons control capability. Due to financial...

UN-approved weapons imports resold in Somalia according to diplomats

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Many guns imported by the Somali government with UN approval are being resold by arms dealers on the black market in the...

Sudan accused of using chemical weapons in Darfur

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Sudan's government has carried out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January using...

Germany resumes weapons deliveries to Kurds in north Iraq

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The German military on Wednesday said it had resumed deliveries of weapons to Kurdistan after the government of the northern Iraqi region...

SANDF says two suspects arrested for theft of weapons from Simon’s...

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Military Police and the Hawks have arrested two suspects in connection with last weekend's theft of arms and ammunitions from the SA...

CIA weapons for Syrian rebels sold to arms black market

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Weapons shipped into Jordan for Syrian rebels by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and...

Global defence trade reaches a record breaking $65 billion in 2015...

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The global defence trade reached a record-breaking $65 billion in 2015 fuelled by conflict in the Middle East and military spending in...

U.S. Navy says it seized weapons from Iran likely bound for...

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U.S. Navy ships in the Arabian Sea intercepted and seized an arms shipment from Iran likely bound for Houthi fighters in Yemen,...

French Navy frigate seizes another Somali bound weapons consignment

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The French Navy has seized a huge consignment of weapons including hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles and anti-tank weapons from a dhow...

African arms imports grew by 19 per cent over the last...

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Between 2006–10 and 2011–15, major arms imports by states in Africa increased by 19 per cent, according to the Stockholm International Peace...

Insight: Gaffer tape and 500 euros – running guns to the...

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Need a Kalashnikov in Belgium? No problem, says "Nemac" the Serb; a few hundred euros will buy the gun and a place...

U.S. working to keep up with surging weapons demand – Pentagon

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The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion...

SANDF ammunition and weapons stolen and lost

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) had just on 33,000 rounds of ammunition lost or stolen in the financial years 2013/14 and...

Drugs and arms found aboard vehicle transport vessel

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An international team of detectives and the Kenyan security services found a stash of weapons and narcotic drugs believed to be crystallised...

Greek coast guard seizes ship with weapons bound for Libya

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Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said...

Weapons, ammunition regularly taken from Sudan, South Sudan peacekeepers

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The nine year period from 2005 to 2014 saw peacekeepers, including those from South Africa, in Sudan and South Sudan attacked more...

Obama ends freeze on U.S. military aid to Egypt

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The United States announced on Tuesday it was lifting its hold on the supply of military equipment to Egypt, which was frozen...

Recent Nigerian military acquisitions

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Nigeria's military is acquiring new and second-hand hardware for all three branches of service as it battles Boko Haram insurgents on land...

More details on South African arms exports for 2014

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More details have emerged regarding the export of South African military hardware last year, which amounted to almost R3 billion and included...

African arms imports increased 45 per cent over last decade –...

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African arms imports increased by 45 per cent between the periods 2005–2009 to 2010–14, with Algeria importing the most during this period,...

Top 100 arms companies saw sales fall in 2013 – SIPRI

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The 100 largest arms companies saw sales dip 2% in 2013 to $402 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute...

Germany approves export of military vehicles, small arms to Algeria

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The German Security Council (GSC) has approved the sale of 88 sports utility vehicles with 'military capabilities', 1 027 machineguns and 47...

European countries were major arms suppliers to Africa in 2013

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European countries, especially those in the East, supplied a significant amount of military hardware to Africa last year, such as T-72 tanks,...

Egypt to look beyond U.S. for arms: foreign minister

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Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Saturday that Egypt would look beyond the United States to meet its security needs and...

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