Saturday, July 26, 2014

South Sudan: Documenting Manufacturer of Small Arms Ammunition

The Small Arms Survey released on 24 July 2014 a brief report on small arms ammunition titled "Small Arms Ammunition Documented at Bentiu Mosque, May 2014" that it attributed to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO).  Manufacturer markings correspond with manufacturers in China, Czechosolovakia (before the breakup), Russia, Sudan, and the Soviet Union (before the breakup). 

The Small Arms Survey was not able to explain how the ammunition reached the SPLM-IO because of the constant circulation of ammunition between opposing and allied forces in South Sudan and Sudan and because many forces have previously shared the same ammunition providers.

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