Arming Africa and Al Qaeda for profit

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to temporarily rescind part of a 21-year-old arms embargo on Somalia, the East African country once considered synonymous with warlordism, piracy and anarchy. The new government who is strongly supported by the United States and Britain, had been pressing for an end to the United Nations arms embargo. Security Council members worried that terminating the embargo would once again allow all manner of weapons to flow into the country, and not necessarily into the government’s hands. The Somali military remains little more than an amalgam of former militia members who are not so disciplined as to warrant unfettered access to weapons. The resolution permits the sale of weapons like automatic assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other firearms.

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