Victor Bout, who has been accused of fueling Africa's bloodiest conflicts, ran a global transportation network with bases and front companies in Europe, the Middle East, Afghanistan, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, and even the United States.
When he was arrested on a drug charge in Milan, Leonid Minin, an arms trader under investigation across Europe, had his business records with him, providing a detailed look into the world of war commerce.
While Africa's wars have brought untold misery to millions, some have seen conflict in the region as a business opportunity.
Poor controls in the international diamond industry - even in South Africa - are undercutting attempts to clamp down on conflict diamonds that fuel wars in Africa and, possibly, fund terrorists.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been fighting one of the world's longest and bloodiest terrorist wars, but it was the London financiers whose conduct now threatened Sri Lanka's national survival.
A handful of companies with connections to governments, and, sometimes organizations, have profited from war commerce.
A case study of how the pursuit of oil in the third world fuels corruption and war.