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USA Buys Russian Weapons For Afganistan

Tue May 23, 2006 2:25 am

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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.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...Sheet=/news/2006/05/22/ixnews.html
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RE: USA Buys Russian Weapons For Afganistan

Tue May 23, 2006 2:36 am

Some observers pointed to the irony of the deal, because when the Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan the Americans sold Stinger surface-to- air missiles to the Mujahideen to enable them to shoot down Moscow's aircraft.

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RE: USA Buys Russian Weapons For Afganistan

Tue May 23, 2006 10:15 am

The afghan army is equiped with mainly ex-soviet types that they aquired during the occupation and through other means.

It would make sense that the US would actually have to buy ammo that fits the equipment they have.
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RE: USA Buys Russian Weapons For Afganistan

Tue May 23, 2006 12:13 pm

Seems to make sense to me . . . supply them with the appropriate ammo and such for weapons they already have and are trained to use.

I do concur here as well . . .

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
Some observers pointed to the irony of the deal, because when the Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan the Americans sold Stinger surface-to- air missiles to the Mujahideen to enable them to shoot down Moscow's aircraft.
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RE: USA Buys Russian Weapons For Afganistan

Tue May 23, 2006 12:55 pm

Someone probably came to them and said "you paya lessa for cash eh??"

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