The Telegraph reports that extremely lethal sniper rifles manufactured in Austria and sold to Iran have turned up in Iraq. Over 100 of the 800 sold to Iran have turned up, in fact. The Austrian government approved the sale of the weapons over the objections of Britain and the United States.
Austrian sniper rifles that were exported to Iran have been discovered in the hands of Iraqi terrorists, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
More than 100 of the.50 calibre weapons, capable of penetrating body armour, have been discovered by American troops during raids.
The guns were part of a shipment of 800 rifles that the Austrian company, Steyr-Mannlicher, exported legally to Iran last year.
The sale was condemned in Washington and London because officials were worried that the weapons would be used by insurgents against British and American troops.
Within 45 days of the first HS50 Steyr Mannlicher rifles arriving in Iran, an American officer in an armoured vehicle was shot dead by an Iraqi insurgent using the weapon.
Over the last six months American forces have found small caches of the £10,000 rifles but in the last 24 hours a raid in Baghdad brought the total to more than 100, US defence sources reported.
It's hard to fathom why the Austrian government approved a sale of these things to Iran. It is even harder to fathom how people can go on believing that Iran has nothing to do with the violence in Iraq. Here is what a Steyr HS50 looks like.
UPDATE: The rifles were purchased by the Iranian government supposedly for anti-drug efforts. Others: Confederate Yankee, Jules Crittenden, Roger L. Simon, Power Line, QandO, Gateway Pundit, The Bullwinkle Blog, Polimom Says, The Moderate Voice, Captain's Quarters, Protein Wisdom, Hot Air, TigerHawk, Argghhh!, Instapundit, Hugh Hewitt, Outside The Beltway, Beltway Blogroll, Classical Values, The Political Pit Bull,