U.S. Tells Rome That Iraqi Insurgents Are Using Italian Firearms

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Due to the cleanly erased or non-existent serial numbers, investigators believe that the late-model Beretta firearms, similar to those carried by U.S. forces, were intended for people with “substantial government backing.”

By Nunzia Vallini

May 28, 2005 Original Article (English)    

BRESCIA: The report forwarded by American intelligence officers is brief and to the point: "Hostiles" in Iraq are toting Berettas. Insurgents have a large number of Italian-made side arms, all recent-model weapons, and what is even more disturbing, with illegible or non-existent serial numbers.

These phantom weapons were apparently of recent manufacture, but investigators have been unable to attribute them to legal imports during the early 1980s. The file has been forwarded by American intelligence to the Brescia public prosecutor's office, via the Italian secret services, and magistrates are determined to find where the weapons came from. Investigators have worked in total silence since an inquiry was opened in autumn 2004.Watching America via ReBelleNation

Due to the cleanly erased or non-existent serial numbers, investigators believe that the late-model Beretta firearms, similar to those carried by U.S. forces, were intended for people with “substantial government backing.”

By Nunzia Vallini

May 28, 2005 Original Article (English)

BRESCIA: The report forwarded by American intelligence officers is brief and to the point: "Hostiles" in Iraq are toting Berettas. Insurgents have a large number of Italian-made side arms, all recent-model weapons, and what is even more disturbing, with illegible or non-existent serial numbers.

These phantom weapons were apparently of recent manufacture, but investigators have been unable to attribute them to legal imports during the early 1980s. The file has been forwarded by American intelligence to the Brescia public prosecutor's office, via the Italian secret services, and magistrates are determined to find where the weapons came from. Investigators have worked in total silence since an inquiry was opened in autumn 2004.

Yesterday, however, judicial police visited the Foreign Ministry with a warrant signed by Chief Public Prosecutor Giancarlo Tarquini for copies of documents. All the  Brescia-based magistrate would say is, “It is our duty within the context of a confidential investigation."  Read on...

 

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Yesterday, however, judicial police visited the Foreign Ministry with a warrant signed by Chief Public Prosecutor Giancarlo Tarquini for copies of documents. All the Brescia-based magistrate would say is, “It is our duty within the context of a confidential investigation." Read on...

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