US sets up £215m deal for Afghan arms - from Russia

#1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/mai...rms22.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/22/ixnews.html


American defence officials have secretly requested a "prodigious quantity" of ammunition from Russia to supply the Afghan army in case a Democrat president takes over in Washington and pulls out US troops.

The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Pentagon chiefs have asked arms suppliers for a quote on a vast amount of ordnance, including more than 78 million rounds of AK47 ammunition, 100,000 rocket-propelled grenades and 12,000 tank shells - equivalent to about 15 times the British Army's annual requirements.

The Bush administration is said to want the deal because of worries that the next president could be a Democrat, possibly Hillary Clinton, who may abandon Afghanistan.

White House insiders fear that Afghanistan could "drift" and consequently, they want heavily to arm President Hamid Kharzai's government before the 2008 US presidential election.

Diplomatic sources also believe that the US may be offering the estimated $400 million (£215 million) deal, including transport costs, to the Russians as an inducement to embargo its arms and nuclear technology exports to Iran.
Would have been cheaper from China......
 
#3
PartTimePongo said:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/05/22/warms22.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/22/ixnews.html


American defence officials have secretly requested a "prodigious quantity" of ammunition from Russia to supply the Afghan army in case a Democrat president takes over in Washington and pulls out US troops.

The Daily Telegraph can disclose that Pentagon chiefs have asked arms suppliers for a quote on a vast amount of ordnance, including more than 78 million rounds of AK47 ammunition, 100,000 rocket-propelled grenades and 12,000 tank shells - equivalent to about 15 times the British Army's annual requirements.

The Bush administration is said to want the deal because of worries that the next president could be a Democrat, possibly Hillary Clinton, who may abandon Afghanistan.

White House insiders fear that Afghanistan could "drift" and consequently, they want heavily to arm President Hamid Kharzai's government before the 2008 US presidential election.

Diplomatic sources also believe that the US may be offering the estimated $400 million (£215 million) deal, including transport costs, to the Russians as an inducement to embargo its arms and nuclear technology exports to Iran.
Would have been cheaper from China......
And of course, who's going to notice a few more AKs on the international arms market if/when the Afghanis flog 'em? $400m worth of "Made in the USA" M-16s suddenly turning up in the hands of terrorists, rebels and the other usual suspects would be a lot more embarrassing.
 
#4
Taz_786 said:
Erm..what if the Taliban regained power?
Same as last time I suppose. :roll:
 
#6
The whole story looks as an anecdote. 100,000 RPGs ? And how many of them would be in hands of Iraqi insurgents?
 
#7
Karzai is Najibullah revisited. Unless the Taliban can be destroyed or they lose their popularity with the border tribes, I just think that they or certain factions amongst them, may have to be brought into government if peace is ever really to come to Afghanistan. BVut saying that I hope I am wrong and they just fade away.
 

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