Five reasons the US went after 'merchant of death' Viktor Bout

Accused Russian arms trader Viktor Bout is to appear in court in New York on Wednesday. Bout has been indicted for conspiring to sell weapons to a terrorist organization and of conspiring to kill US nationals. He has denied the charges.

3. Middle East militant groups

In the 1990s, Viktor Bout ran his cargo business out of the United Arab Emirates and is suspected of having links to militants in the region, such as Hezbollah. Any inside information on these groups and their operations is of potential value to the US intelligence community, though it’s unclear how current this information would be.

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