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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check

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R 021520Z JAN 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 4747

UNCLAS STATE 000135

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
BAGHDAD FOR EDWARD GALLAGHER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC IZ KOMC
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 05-050079420

1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2 - 4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on license 05-050079420 for the export of
ammunition to Iraq. Post is requested to complete this Blue
Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of response to a Blue
Lantern check will affect pending and future licenses
involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for Request: Large volume of ammunition is being
exported directly to the Iraqi government end-user rather
than going through USG. Caliber of this ammunition is
uncommon for the Iraqi Army.

4. Action Request: Post is requested to contact appropriate
officials in order to establish the bona fides of the
end-user and the legitimacy of this order. Post is also
requested to establish the bona fides of foreign consignee,
Stuart Watkins, and verify his affiliations with those party
of this transaction.

5. Details of license application:

DTC Case: 05-050079420

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

39,000,000 5.56mm x 45 mm M855 Full Metal Jacket Caliber
Ammunition

License Value: USD $10,140,000

SELLER:

AEY Inc.
975 41st, Suite 211
Miami Beach, FL 33140

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Mr. Stuart Watkins
68 Abu Ghraib Warehouse, Ministry of Transportation
Baghdad, Iraq

FOREIGN END-USER:

Abd Ali Jassim
Director General, Armament and Surplus, Ministry of Defense
Baghdad, Iraq

PURPOSE:

Training and duty use by the new Iraqi Army.

6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to Posts
upon request):

Letter of explanation from lack of DSP-83 from AEY signed by
Efraim Diveroli dated 12/11/07.

Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Items (Standard
Form 1449) for contract W91GY0-08-C-0005. Dated 12/08/07.

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is
available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's E-Book
Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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