So George Galloway’s involved himself in the deportation of one Khalid Rashid, a Pakistani national deported from South Africa in unusual circumstances. He was rousted and taken to an air force base, where he was placed aboard a plane chartered by the Ministry of Home Affairs which took him…well, we don’t know where it took…Read More Khalid Rashid: A Strange Case
Remember the Kenyan mystery-man and press censorship crisis back in April? (See here, and here.) You may recall that the mysterious Armenians who threatened to set crocodiles on the cops were “Artur Margaryan” and “Artur Sargysan,” probably DRC/Dubai minerals scamsters, who were somehow associated with a giant seizure of cocaine. Well, we now have some…Read More Air Van and “Sargysan”
Laura Rozen reports that Archer Logistics, corruption monkey/hookergate boss Brent Wilkes’ company, as well as being offered a contract to run a “secret plane network” for the CIA was given the opportunity to ship “anything” to or from Iraq, piggybacking on their shipments of bottled water and other stores. As one of Doug Farah’s sources…Read More Secret Plane Network
At 2022 CET, 5th May, relay2.cia.gov was in the house, googling for “east-west cargo sharjah”. They read this post. One of the best ones here, I think.Read More King of Referrers
Remember this post from July 2005? Regarding the full sickology of the Iraqi war economy, it covered epic CPA corruption, heroin smuggling, Iraqi girls turning up turning tricks all over the Middle East, and of course Viktor Bout. In comments, someone claimed to have heard from a Kroll securigoon that Russian planes were bringing in…Read More We love the corruption
Remember this post and a firm calling itself Aerospace Consortium FZE, of Fujairah, that was mysteriously settling bills relating to entirely different firms in Kenya using Phoenix Aviation, Johnsons Air, GST Aero and Asterias Commercial planes to send mortar bombs to Liberia? Take a look at this: not sure about sourcing, but a company of…Read More Aerospace Consortium FZE
The European Commission has issued a new blacklist of dubious airlines. You can get the document here (pdf). Notable on it is that a number of frequently-mentioned Viktor Bout-related operators are now on the list. Specifically, Phoenix Aviation, GST Aero, Reem Air and Jetline are all there, as are Butembo and Great Lakes Business Co.…Read More Firedumped!
The Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor has a very interesting indeed report on Sierra Leone, diamonds, the curious connections with political Islam of various more or less violent kinds, and our favourite subject – mystery jets! Regular readers may recall that this blog has gone into the bizarre case of why Iraqi Airways’s planes are registered…Read More 9L.
In the eastern DR Congo, an Antonov 26B has been destroyed in an accident, including everyone on board. According to Aviation Safety Network it was ER-AZT, serial number 97309005, with either “Galaxie” or “Kavatshi Airlines”. ER- is Moldovan registry. I have no further information at the moment regarding who the hell G/K are. There are…Read More An-26 Down in DRC
I’ve had a request in comments from Frans Groenendijk for a round-up of all the Viktor Bout posts. There’s also been a traffic spike in the last few days after a discussion at Airliners.net linked us. As a service, here is all the Viktor Bout stuff.. Finally, print media discover the Viktor Bout story. This…Read More All The Viktor Bout Stuff Is Here