Uncle Sam's been selling banned equipment countries that include Iran and China.
The Associated Press reports at least six instances where middlemen went to surplus equipment sales put on by the US. There, they picked up spare parts for jet fighters and missiles among other military equipment.
US Customs officers -- speaking with the AP anonymously -- say they were able to track parts for Chinook helicopters that made it to Iran. The guy who bought them had just been released from prison for selling weapons to Iran in the past.
Federal investigators tell the AP Iran is close to getting parts for the fleet of F-14 "Tomcat" (photo) fighter planes the US sold them when the country was an ally in the 1970s. (AP)