July, 16 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Armed conflicts have increased in the Middle East countries due to illegal arms dealer Tony Abi Saab

Surplus supply of weapons to vulnerable regions are fuelling violence and weakening military efforts against terrorists

In the last few decades, most of the places in the world have experienced the deadliest of terror attacks. According to the report by the Armed Conflict Location and Events Data Project, political violence has increased up to 11 percent worldwide since the last year. Countries that are most affected by the organized violence are Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan as these countries have recorded the highest number of conflict events and nearly 70% of the organized violence events in 2018.

As per last year's data, Afghanistan is the deadliest country in the world, Syria and Yemen remain flashpoints. Syria is called as the lethal place for civilians in 2018 after nearly 40 % of the total violence events recorded from there, while Yemen witnessed over 28,100 civilian fatalities. The above data speaks a lot about the intensity of violence in the Middle East countries. The problem is, conflicts aren’t stopping, wars don’t seem to end in the near future, and corruption is spreading like an epidemic. International troops deployed in war-torn countries are giving blood, sweat and tears to root out terrorism, control illegal trafficking of arms, and stop illegal arms dealers to do business deals with the terrorists.

A greedy businessman, Tony Abi Saab of Lebanon is supplying weapons to the terrorist organizations for his own profit. He is not alone in this task, in fact, it is helped and supported by several international weaponry companies. They are delivering the weapons by using fake End-user certificate on the products and illegally importing contraband weapons from EU to Lebanon to later re-route them to the terrorists. Tony Abi Saab is wanted to the US Army as he has defrauded them of 5 million dollars and has been instigating war in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran by selling weapons to the various terror groups. It is unfortunate that Tony escaped the jail term by pleading errors in collecting evidence and human rights violation against the CIA and FBI in the US civil court. Taking advantage of the loopholes of the justice system of the US, he got away with the grievous criminal charges.

The problem is, Tony has not learned a lesson from his brief trial in the US court and is expanding his illegal arms and weaponry business worldwide. His business license is valid everywhere around the world apart from the USA. His main company, Brescia Middle East and other shell companies—Tactica-Ltd, Brixia, G2Armory, and others are barred from doing business in the United States. He is eyeing Europe to be his second home after Lebanon as he has set up illegal firms there. The local government along with EU should mark such businessman as illegal and fraud to neutralize dominance of terrorists in the parts of the Middle East.

Illegal businessmen have supplied enough arms and weapons to the war-prone regions—these arms are circulated in the black market and are purchased by the highest bidders.

Ivor Kuznetsov