Missing Weapons

(CBS)
CBS News has learned that federal agents are investigating a possible connection between a former US Army Captain's murder in the Philippines and the expanding military bribery investigation involving missing weapons intended for Iraqi Security Forces.

On July 24, 2006, Captain Victor Noe was riding in a taxi in Cebu City, Philippines. A news account of his death indicates that when Noe and his wife exited the taxi, a gunman on a motorcycle shot them both. Noe died, but his wife survived and remains in the Philippines. At the time, local officials said they had no information about a possible motive.

Sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CBS News that Noe may have been connected to one of the contractors that is under investigation for storing the weapons in Iraq that later went missing. The Department of Veterans Affairs records indicate Noe was 60 years old at the time of his death. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

In our story last week, we reported that the CIA has photographic evidence that Glock pistols intended for Iraqi Security Forces and paid for by US taxpayers are in the hands of Iraqi insurgents. The intelligence community believes the number of guns with insurgents is in the thousands. Our story comes on the heels of a Government Accountability Office report last month that said the military cannot account for 190,000 weapons, including 80,000 Glocks. Eighteen investigators and the Pentagon's Inspector General Claude Kicklighter are now in the Middle East digging into the connection between the bribery of military contracting officers in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and the missing weapons.
  • Laura Strickler

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