Democrat and Chronicle: Rochester's links to global arms deal: AK-47 magazines likely being used legitimately

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Democrat and Chronicle
Date of publication: 
Thu, 2011-02-10

Hugh Griffiths, who monitors arms trafficking for the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said Hyde "has long been the subject of interest by (United Kingdom) authorities and international arms groups." Many arms dealers — some contracted by the U.S. government — bought up weapons from the Balkans after the conflicts there and shipped them to Iraq or Afghanistan, Griffiths said. Many of the firearms had been poorly stored and were in unreliable condition, he said.