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SECURITY-MISSILE (UPDATE 1) 2003-08-12 22.42 REU UPDATE 1-Briton arrested in U.S. in missile smuggling bid- ABC NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A British national was arrested in New Jersey and accused of trying to smuggle a surface-to-air missile of Russian origin, ABC News reported on Tuesday. The man was arrested in Newark, New Jersey, in the morning as part of an international sting pulled off by the FBI, British and Russian authorities, ABC News reported on its Web site. Other arrests were under way, the news organization said. The unidentified person arrested allegedly sought to smuggle a Russian-made surface-to-air missile into the country and believed he was selling missiles to would-be terrorists, sources told ABC. Officials at the FBI in New York and in Newark were not immediately available for comment on the report. In Washington, Justice Department officials declined to comment. REUTERS En brittisk vapenhandlare greps i går morse i Newark i delstaten New Jersey i USA, misstänkt för att försöka smuggla en rysktillverkad luftvärnsmissil in i landet. Mannen trodde att han skulle sälja missilen, av typen Igla, till islamistiska terrorister, men greps i stället av FBI. Gripandet skedde efter ett intensivt spaningsarbete av FBI och brittisk och rysk underrättelsetjänst. Andra gripanden kan vara nära förestående, enligt amerikanska ABC News. Missilen ska ha varit tänkt att skjuta ner passagerarflygplan. FBI förnekar att målet var Air Force One, presidentens eget plan. reuters-svd A group of Iraqi men hold pictures of former president Saddam Hussein as they shout anti-U.S. slogans in the town of Baquba, some 80kms north of Baghdad on August 12, 2003. Protesters, mostly former army personel were marching in support of the toppled Iraqi dictator. U.S. forces ended a search of an isolated corner of Iraq on Tuesday after troops backed by helicopters and tanks seized large stockpiles of weapons but found no trace of fugitive dictator Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem © SCANPIX / Reuters Code 72000 20030812 Demonstranter i Baquba norr om Bagdad protesterade mot USA och uttryckte sitt stöd för förre presidenten Saddam Hussein. foto: Suhaib salem/reuters Liberia's Charles Taylor leaves the Centennial Memorial Pavilion, next to South African President Thabo Mbeki (L) past new Liberian President Moses Zeh Blah (bottom R) after Taylor resigned as president and handed over to his deputy, Blah August 11, 2003. Taylor resigned on Monday and flew into exile under overwhelming international pressure to end the strife that has racked his land and West Africa for nearly 14 years. Taylor, accused of stoking conflict in neighbouring countries as well as at home, left behind the broken shell of a nation founded by freed American slaves in the 19th century as a haven of liberty. REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya © SCANPIX / Reuters Code 72000 20030811 De afrikanska ledarna, till exempel Thabo Mbeki (t v), ville gärna synas vid Charles Taylors sida när han lämnade över presidentposten i Liberia till Moses Zeh Blah (nederst t h). Många ville också ta åt sig äran för Taylors avgång. Foto: Juda Ngwenya/reuters Israeli rescue workers search the scene after a suicide bombing in a shopping mall in Rosh Ha'ayin August 12, 2003. Back-to-back suicide bombings in Israel and the West Bank killed two people and wounded several others on Tuesday, shattering a period of calm ushered in by a truce backing a new peace plan. REUTERS/Nir Elias © SCANPIX / Reuters Code 72000 20030812

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