Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Where did the guns used in Paris attacks come from?

Eckhartz Press author Brent Petersen ("Truffle Hunt") has done extensive research about the Balkan War ("Truffle Hunt" takes place in the years just after the war). Here's what he wrote on the Truffle Hunt blog today...

Guns are illegal and very difficult to obtain in France as well as most of Europe. You need to pass rigorous background checks and obtain licenses to get a gun for hunting. And automatic weapons like the ones used last Friday to massacre dozens of people in Paris are prohibited outright. So, where did they come from?

It turns out they’re probably remnants of the Balkan War of the 1990’s. Before there was an independent Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, etc, there was Yugoslavia. General Tito, the WWII guerrilla fighter turned political leader, created the state of Yugoslavia after defeating the Nazis, pulling together disparate ethnic groups and placing them under a single flag.

After Tito’s death, Yugoslavia began to fracture and war erupted in the early 1990’s. After the war, the former Yugoslavia became 7 independent countries (counting the semi-autonomous Kosovo). The weapons from the war in the Balkans started to show up in other countries at war. The weapon of choice was the AK-47 (Kalashnikov) and copies and knock-off manufactured by the Yugoslavia arms manufacturer Zastava Arms. Millions of these automatic weapons (like the M70) were manufactured and are now common in war zones like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Libya

If you'd like to read the rest of his piece, click here.