Iran Nuclear NewsIran tried to swap guns for Somali uranium

Iran tried to swap guns for Somali uranium

-

Daily Telegraph: Iran tried to obtain uranium from Somalia in return for supplying weapons to the anarchic country’s Islamist movement, according to the United Nations. The Daily Telegraph (online)

By David Blair, Africa Correspondent

Iran tried to obtain uranium from Somalia in return for supplying weapons to the anarchic country’s Islamist movement, according to the United Nations.

A report given to the Security Council today finds that Iran is one of seven countries breaking a UN arms embargo by providing weapons to the Islamic radicals who control most of southern and central Somalia, including the capital, Mogadishu.

Three illegal arms shipments from Teheran are detailed in the 86-page report. One consignment which reached Somalia in July included 1,000 machine guns, 45 surface-to-air missiles, M-79 rocket launchers and land mines.

After the arrival of this shipment, the UN says that Iran promised the Islamists further weapons – but only in return for uranium, presumably for use in Teheran’s nuclear programme.

Two Iranians were sent to Mogadishu in order to negotiate this deal. Somalia’s recoverable uranium deposits are modest, totalling about 6,600 tonnes, compared with 326,000 tonnes in Canada, the world’s biggest producer.

But Somalia collapsed into anarchy 15 years ago when its central government was destroyed. The Islamist movement, styling itself the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts, is now believed to control the areas where uranium is present.

Iran appears to be trying to win the right to exploit these deposits, which could then be shipped to Teheran through Mogadishu’s large port.

The Islamists captured the city in June and have extended their hold over southern Somalia. Their only rival is the country’s ramshackle official government, based in the ruined town of Baidoa.

Eritrea is the biggest supplier of weapons to the Islamists, according to the UN. Although Eritrea is not a Muslim country, it is locked in confrontation with Ethiopia over a disputed border. Eritrea hopes to place pressure on its larger neighbour by building the Islamists into a major regional power.

Latest news

Iran: People of Khoy Still Reeling From 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck northwest Iran on Saturday, killing at least three people and injuring...

Iran’s Unsolvable Air Pollution Problem

Air pollution will remain at dangerous levels and will increase for the next few days in most big cities,...

The World Must Acknowledge the Iranian People’s Right to Self-defense

Victor Hugo once said: “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” Throughout history, this has been the...

Iran: 60% Of Population Is Poor

The livelihood baskets of the Iranian people are shrinking dramatically. This, in turn, has introduced new concerns to protect...

The implications of EU’s terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The European Parliament called on January 18 for the European Union to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a...

Iran’s Regime Is Hiding Human Rights Violations In Its Prisons

With more than four months into Iran’s latest round of nationwide uprisings, the brutality of the Iranian regime’s security...

Must read

UAE: Houthi Meeting Is Proof of Iran Allegiance

By Jubin Katiraie The United Arab Emirates said that...

West considers early sanctions moves in troubled Iran nuclear talks

Reuters: With talks between world powers and Iran over...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you