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Swedish weapons used by Iraqi army

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 18 Nov 2010, 12:16

Published: 18 Nov 2010 12:16 GMT+01:00

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"First and foremost, we shall have a look at the information and analyse the consequences," Andreas Ekman Duse, director-general of the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för Strategiska Produkter - ISP), told The Local on Thursday.

The agency is responsible for controlling Swedish arms exports and ensuring that agreements are met. Ekman Duse said that it was too early to draw conclusions on whether the US had broken agreements regarding the Pansarskott 86 recoilless anti-tank weapon.

"What I can say is that Ekot's report includes interviews with an American soldier with who claims to have witnesses that Swedish weapons can have been handed over (to the Iraqis). If this is shown to be the case then we will contact the US authorities," Ekman Duse said.

Social Democratic foreign policy spokesperson Urban Ahlin has demanded that ISP be called before the foreign policy committee of Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, to explain what has occurred.

"If final end user license agreements are not respected, then it could lead to Swedish weapons being dispersed uncontrolled around the world," Ahlin said in a statement.

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Ekman Duse told The Local that the agency was prepared to submit its findings to the Riksdag.

"If the foreign policy committee summons us, then of course we will come," he said.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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12:25 November 18, 2010 by lux.veritas
Government-corporate partnerships, central criminal banks do not adhere to just or unjust laws. They buy government and courts, lobby for law and or pay them off. Corrupt self-styled sociopath business as usual.

Our taxes, subsidies, organisations, flesh, blood, young and minds used for every abominable criminal act possible and we are silent and thus complicit. The truth can be an ugly thing, but necessary if we are to apply other than the same thinking as the problems that created them.
15:02 November 18, 2010 by 2394040
@ lux.veritas

You are definitely correct. The coalition between big business and big government is, by far, the greatest threat facing the human race. If you do a close study of world history, this has always been the case.
15:13 November 18, 2010 by americanska
I would imagine as long as the US is working with the Iraqis the end user license is a grey area. But I'm sure the US military will have it sorted by the time it needs to be.


weden doesn't want to arm the Iraqi military but they want the USA to get the f out?

This guy is getting his panties in a bunch over something like this when there are terrorists living in Sweden. Sweden is "arming them" while funding through the welfare state.
15:30 November 18, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Ugh!!!I hope they paid for them, or is it another freeby from our tax money?
16:04 November 18, 2010 by Recon
This makes me laugh about Sweden, they have the nerve to tell other countries how to behave, (U.S U.K Israel) while saying they are neutral, and what is Sweden's biggest export?........weaponry!!!!
16:15 November 18, 2010 by millionmileman
This is a non-story as this is the weapon of choice for the US Marines. The USA is responsible for training the Iraqis who must defend themselves from terrorists and possibly Iran. It also works! It can evaporate a 62 tonne M-1 Abrams tank.
16:38 November 18, 2010 by Swedesmith
Yes, but the instructions are in Swedish. Good luck!
17:01 November 18, 2010 by saab
If we ban the manufacturing and sale of these weapons, why... it will lead to more unemployment in Sweden and overtax the welfare state. We can't let that happen, so let's make weapons and then act like only criminal minds make war not love
18:48 November 18, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
This kooky Swedish obsession of "arms control violations" as it relates to the Swedish Defense Industry continues to be mind blowing.
19:52 November 18, 2010 by Nemesis
This will help maintain more jobs in Sweden.

The sales team who organised this sale should be congratulated and encouraged to complete more sales.
20:17 November 18, 2010 by theOther
Please do not complain about immigrants or asylum seekers any more!

By the way why are these people here?
20:41 November 18, 2010 by BeHiNdScEnE

Ask your gov. why they are here?
21:20 November 18, 2010 by Decoster
We don't need any immigrants from Iraq to our nice country Sweden, but we forgot who was responsible for their sufferings and who was responsible for them to come here....

I hope we try to read ourselves before we blame anyone...

Thanks for our Swedish Government for supporting the war against terrorists, and big thanks selling weapons to where there are tensions...
07:21 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@theother #By the way why are these people here? # to whom are you reffering, the immigrants or the asylum seekers?
09:38 November 19, 2010 by Freyja14
@2394040 you are SO correct!! Big government and big corporations working for each other is the biggest threat to the human race!! Look at what the States are doing.....there isn't even a government there any more! They are just puppets to the highest bidder. You want to see something scary look at the bill s.510 banning people from growing backyard gardens and keeping seeds, there are seed laws going into effect in Europe too! You want to see something scarier? Look up Codex Alimentarius. Why are they doing that? Because they are kissing arses of Monsanto. Monsanto makes massive profits from GM seeds, and who does Monsanto pay to take away food rights from....THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD??.....The good old U.S. government. Those are just small examples of corporations and government working hand and hand for the interests of each other and not the people they are representing!!
15:58 November 19, 2010 by grr
I'm tired of my 30-something (I'm 60-something) Swedish cousins and their friends complaining about USA policy around the world, especially as it applies to our military endeavors.

However, these cousins are often mostly ignorant as it relates to Sweden's war-machine/equipment manufacturing history, or how many American and other non-Swedish servicemen are buried on foreign soil, having given their lives to keep Sweden "neutral" during WW-II. Few Swedes know that as the Allied war effort reached its peak, Truman sent his emissary to Sweden's prime minister, threatening that if SKF didn't reduce tank bearing supplies to Germany, the Allies would bomb Gothenberg; further, that if Sweden did not reduce iron supplies from Dalarna, to Germany, the Allies would then bomb Stockholm. Drastic measures? Those were drastic times and the Allies were bound to mathematically destroy Germany by whatever means it took. Terms were secretly negotiated, supplies "reduced" and both cities, thankfully, did not suffer the fate of Dresden.

As for genetically modified anything...seeds, animals, humans...yes, it is already here, folks and it is up to you to BE INFORMED and VOTE. Be politically active, if not directly within your government, within the framework of your friends and acquaintances. To paraphrase the one time chairman of General Motors (yes an industrialist), Will Durant: "Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent."

So get yourself informed, speak out and don't be afraid to be a minority of one.
21:52 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Hope they know in which direction to aim them!!!!!!

@grrr, about time we genetically modified the middle east, one or two good 15 megatons should sort most of it. Give it a 100 yrs & it could be a peaceful holiday paradise without all those pesky arabs, eh what!!

Do you remeber Suez? US/Britsh diplomacy at it's best !!
01:19 November 20, 2010 by MichaelZWilliamson
Alliant TechSystems also builds AT4s under license in the US. I think they're made in Singapore and other places under license, too.

What probably happened here is someone in the US Army in Iraq provided agreed upon weapons, and the markings happen to be Swedish rather than US, on an

identical product.

This is a bookkeeping error, not an illicit arms deal.

You know, The Local should run all these stories through me first, for leads on where to look for info.:)
04:22 November 20, 2010 by jimfromcanada
Sweden developed its arms industry so it wouldn't have to be vulnerable to manipulation by foreign powers in times of economic, political or military conflict. To make this economically feasible it has to export arms. Unfortunately such arms are going to inevitably fall into the wrong hands. This also makes it difficult for those Swedes who are pacifist, but until the world is not subject to some states imposing their will on others, an arms industry is inevitable.
16:46 November 20, 2010 by Seamus Guevara
I hope they weren't IKEA
19:05 November 20, 2010 by iridesce
@ grr - Perhaps a decade younger than you and in the states

A fine piece of reality and a call to action

Bravo Sir
02:05 November 23, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer


I have long made comments on this board on the hypocrisy of the swedish people/goverment in relation to their arms industry, especially pertaining to the very suspect behavior Sweden exhibited during WW2, which oddly, continues to this very day.

To add to your SKF example, look up the Krylbo incident and read the swedish accounts of this "explosion of unknown source". Silence is acceptance, and Sweden is guilty as charged. Ignorance is not acceptable and you weren't fooling anyone, that's why so many "US/British Spies" roamed and continue to roam your streets.

You can also go up in the Swedish mountain regions around the Helags and Narvik and find Nazi war equipment...sounds pretty neutral, right?

I smite on any Swede that trumps their "Sweden is best, because we haven't started a war in 300+ years, unlike you warmonger americans who have fought 270 wars!" talking point as a source of pride.
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