Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels

Tyler Durden's picture

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of weapons from a shady network of private dealers to allied partners in Syria - mostly old Soviet weaponry - but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates, presumably in order to hide US involvement.

The OCCRP and BIRN published internal US defense procurement files after an extensive investigation which found that the Pentagon is running a massive weapons trafficking pipeline which originates in the Balkans and Caucuses, and ends in Syria and Iraq. The program is ostensibly part of the US train, equip, and assist campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, a coalition of YPG/J and Arab FSA groups operating primarily in Syria's east). The arms transfers are massive and the program looks to continue for years. According to Foreign Policy's (FP) coverage of the report:

The Department of Defense has budgeted $584 million specifically for this Syrian operation for the financial years 2017 and 2018, and has earmarked another $900 million of spending on Soviet-style munitions between now and 2022. The total, $2.2 billion, likely understates the flow of weapons to Syrian rebels in the coming years.

But perhaps more shocking is the following admission that Pentagon suppliers have links with known criminal networks, also from FP:

According to the report, many of the weapons suppliers — primarily in Eastern Europe but also in the former Soviet republics, including Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Ukraine — have both links to organized crime throughout Eastern Europe and spotty business records.


The sheer amount of material necessary for the Pentagon program — one ammunition factory announced it planned to hire 1,000 new employees in 2016 to help cope with the demand — has reportedly stretched suppliers to the limit, forcing the Defense Department to relax standards on the materials it’s willing to accept.

It is likely that the organized crime association is the reason why the Pentagon has sought to alter its records. In addition, the sheer volume of weaponry continuing to ship to the Syrian battlefield and other parts of the Middle East means inevitable proliferation among unsavory terror groups - a phenomenon which has already been exhaustively documented in connection with the now reportedly closed CIA program to topple the Syrian government. The associations and alliances among some of the Arab former FSA groups the DoD continues to support in the north and east remains fluid, which means means US-supplied weapons will continue to pass among groups with no accountability for where they end up.

One of the authors of the OCCRP/BIRN report, Ivan Angelovski, told Foreign Policy that, “The Pentagon is removing any evidence in their procurement records that weapons are actually going to the Syrian opposition." The report is based on internal US government memos which reveal that weapons shipment destination locations have been scrubbed from original documents. 

Falsified and altered Pentagon procurement documents (Click to enlarge):


Is an EUC (End User Certificate) still an EUC if it doesn't include an end user?

Balkan Insight, which is hosting the original investigative report: "Seven US procurement documents were whitewashed to remove reference to 'Syria' after reporters contacted the Pentagon to enquire about whether the exporting countries – Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Georgia – had been informed of the destination."

The fact that Foreign Policy, which is the foremost establishment national security publication in the world, would admit that the Pentagon's Syria weapons procurement program is tied to East European organized crime is itself hugely significant. At this point the evidence is simply so overwhelming that even establishment sources like FP - which itself has generally been pro-interventionist on Syria - can't deny it.

FP further reports that the Pentagon program "appears to be turbocharging a shadowy world of Eastern European arms dealers." And adds further that, "the Pentagon is reportedly removing documentary evidence about just who will ultimately be using the weapons, potentially weakening one of the bulwarks of international protocols against illicit arms dealing."

Map/Infographic produced as part of the OCCRP/BIRN report, itself confirmed by Foreign Policy magazine. Notice the map denotes that prior CIA weapons went directly to Idlib province (northwest, section in green) and the Golan border region (south). Both of these areas were and continue to be occupied by al-Qaeda (in Idlib, AQ's Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham). In Idlib specifically, analysts have confirmed genocidal cleansing of religious minorities conducted by AQ "rebels" directly assisted by CIA weapons.

Late last month we featured the story of Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, who was fired from her job after being interrogated by national intelligence officials for exposing the same Pentagon arms network which is the subject of the latest OCCRP/BIRN investigation. At the time, Al Jazeera was the only major international outlet which covered the story, which confirmed that Bulgarian agents interrogated Gaytandzhieva and "tried to find out her sources." An anonymous source had leaked a large trove of internal government files connected to the arms trafficking to the East European-based Trud Newspaper journalist, which was the basis of her reporting. The newest investigation released Tuesday appears to include some of the same documents, also confirmed by Gayandzhieva. 

Read the full OCCRP/BIRN investigation here.

Read Zero Hedge's original coverage of the Pentagon's Balkan arms pipeline here.

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Billy the Poet's picture

If you have a demographic argument then make it. Perhaps the Seventh Day Adventists control a majority of US media.

redmudhooch's picture

Sorry, but this is America, and we are still allowed to tell the truth.

By the way, all those safe space comments at Breitbart are bots, Breitbart bans anyone who tells the truth.

Discuss is at least 90% fake bot comments, not real people.

ThuleNord's picture

Jew this douchebag. Come back and explain how that's not a racial networking cabal.

Useful idiot

Sean7k's picture

Please read,"The Controversy of Zion" by Douglas Reed. When you have a religion which teaches the lying, cheating and enslaving of all non-jews as the word of god, it becomes difficult to take any jew seriously.

Compounded by the thousands of atrocities they have committed, including the largest holocaust of any nation, in Russia, is it any wonder people hate the jews?

Jews are responsible for communism and marxist economic promotion. Have you read "The Red Dragon"? Their efforts are beyond the pale.

When your god is the demiurge and act in concert with archons, can we expect any less? No, and we are the fools for allowing the lies to work their black magic.

Just ask "francis" about their long reach. A poster who was NEVER refuted about facts he had accumulated. However, Zh has their servers in Switzerland, the first european nation to outlaw anti-semitism. Francis was barred from the site.

Personally, I could care less. Anybody who wants to continue to come back to a slave planet has only their selves to blame.

AurorusBorealus's picture

I downvoted you.  I have spoken out repeatedly against all the schizophrenic jewish conspiracy theorists who have taken over this site, but they have a right to their opinion.  They also have the right to express that opinion as disassociated from reality as it may be.  Once we begin to silence people because we do not agree with them, where does it end?  And what other measures, beyond chatroom and forum banning, are we willing to take?  It is a slippery slope best avoided.  Zerohedge is committed to free speach, and I salute them for it.

guru69's picture

Thank you for the post.  Noticed you were responding to "Swampster", a racist miscreant who blames Jews for every breath he takes.  I'm proud to say I gave you a thumbs up for the post.

Next order of business is getting rid of Swampster.  Is there a way to report the scumbag to ZH and have him banned, alond with the other cowards that post here?

justa minute's picture

is this john haggi or his buddy hal lindsey

HopefulCynic's picture

As if the Dönmeh were not real. 


As per Wahhabism it is true, Al Wahhabs father was a Jew.


Mohammed was Banu Hashim.


Maybe your problem is lack of knowledge, or willful ignorance in which case, there is nothing that can be done for you, in any case, save us from participating in your disgaceful ignorance please. 

Grimaldus's picture

Meh. Everyone with half a brain knows Hillary was arming enemies of the USA back in 2012 to destroy Assad and Gaddafi.

 I mean really, F-ING Obirdbrain even announced they were doing that ( using his teleprompter to help of course ).

F-ING please.











SoDamnMad's picture

Fast and Furious 2.0   Eric Holder would be proud.

The U. S Military regrets to inform you, your son the university student killed in a terror attack in London was killed with a weapon it supplied to the terrorists.

doctor10's picture

"freedom" is funny thing any more. Did'nt used to be.

JimmyJones's picture

Not surprised one bit by this.

"US train, equip, and assist campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces"  in other words help ISIS.

So here we have the Miltary arming the biggest scum bags of the world.  While in the Good old US of A we had the Military confiscating weapons, legally owned and possessed by Citizens before Irma hit the US territories in the Carribean.

Gorgeous's picture

"arming the biggest scum bags of the world"

US armed the Bosnian muslims and bombed the serbs.  Just because, "they needed a good bombing".  M. Albright.

It's been going on a long time, even before sending billions in weapons to kill their mother's sons on the other side of the world was the "humanitarian" thing to do.

JimmyJones's picture

Yep I said it then I will say it now, we should of been helping the Serbs or stayed out of it all together.  It is disgusting. 

Gorgeous's picture

That war truly was a disgusting display of Hillarys "Smart Power".  The Serbs have fought and suffered mightly against the Ottomans, the Croat Ustaše Nazis during WW2 and the Muslim Albanians.  The PR campaign of "genocide" was a work of deception and treachery and unleashed NATOs wars of aggresion.

Dianna Johnstone has a great book on it, "Fools Crusade",

and new material in "Queen of Chaos".

Highly recommended.

Erek's picture

There was a report in the German media saying that weapons were being shipped to Syrian terrorists via Ramstein Airbase. The German gov was quick to point out that they (the German gov) didn't issue any export papers, so there could be no possible way weapons were being exported out of Ramstein.

Can you believe this shit? (I do!)

assistedliving's picture

yup, the only BOMBSHELL is this even made it to print.

Russian 'inteference' in our sacred elections?  Israhell does it every day

chubbar's picture

And when the vote comes tomorrow for the congress to take back the war powers act, they won't do it. Our fucking scumbag senators are just sitting around with their thumbs up their ass doing nothing. They just passed a hate crime bill against white supremicists but really mean white nationalists, excluding BLM and Antifa, naturally. Does anyone think these assfucks give a shit about our country illegally occupying a sovereign country, supplying rogue terrorists with weapons and executing false flags?

The whole of Washington DC is nothing but criminal frauds. How the fuck is Trump supposed to fight that?

SubjectivObject's picture

the only issue i have with the conception, is that it appears to ignore subsea pipelines and seems to insist that only overland are feasible; subsea may be more expensive, but compared to the cost of warring?

OverTheHedge's picture

Well, if you aren't the one paying for the war, but you are the one getting the cheap pipeline.....oh, and getting your neighbours destroyed and sidelined to boot......

TahoeBilly2012's picture

All Hail Greater Israel, but you can't really start hailing until the dollar collapses.

Swampster's picture

the jew world order currently has most of their nuclear arsenal in Amerika, so the dollar( and amerika) will be the last to go....


Watch it pop when Europe falls to the invading muslim hordes (sent by Israel)

SickDollar's picture

One day all of this will be used against the US, either in international court, or in war

the US is a DANGER to the World PERIOD



Clearcutt's picture

Naw, man, we just shipped old rusty CCCP shit. Kept the righteous merchandise for we the people, don'tcha know. 

TruthHammer's picture

Everyone wants oil, wherever it is.

The golan height will always be much much more about WATER than oil, artillery high ground, or anything else.


Gorgeous's picture

The Jordan River watershed on the Golan provides 15% of Israel's water.  Valuable yes.  But a large oil field doesn't hurt.

poland spring's picture

Stock symbol GNE is who will make out bigly!  Check the board...

Manthong's picture



Gee… that shocks the F out of me…..

Yuk… yuk…

Future Jim's picture

There is no way the brilliant young man was a zio-stooge ...

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels

My response: Unbelievable: More "NUCLEAR" FALLOUT from the OBAMA/CLINTON/KERRY reign of TERROR.

The TRUMP administration is going to be CLEANING THIS CRAP up for YEARS!!!

OBAMA, CLINTON and KERRY along with the NEOCONS are a group of DESPOTS with an endless imagination for EVIL. Below is the main reason:

John 8:44 (NIV)

44 They all belong to their father, the devil, and they want to carry out their father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.


I tremble for my country when I reflect that GOD is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.

Veritas X-'s picture

"trump won't do shit."....

We ALL know Chump is full-of-shit.

Question is however, "Is Jerry & Ivanka shitting their undies ?".

You' know Jerry's BB's special envoy to the Chumps.

BFF BB ain't gonna like this disclourse.

-1 for for the Chump Family INC.

Time for more bombing-in-place assets in Syria BB?


jcaz's picture

10 weeks as a member of this board, eh Veritas?

Gee, I couldn't tell......

Shitonya Serfs's picture

The problem is, no body can do shit about any of this. All this type of news does is piss people off...then they realize all they can do I get angry about it over the internet.

Jim in MN's picture

Have you NOTICED that all Middle Eastern cities, with perhaps Sanaa (Yemen) and arguably Kabul, are now AT PEACE???


Have you NOTICED the complete freak-out occurring on the part of the Israelis, the Deep State traitors here at home (Clinton/McCain Corruption Army), and the Saudis???


'Trump won't do shit'


Moron, the shit is ALREADY DONE.   He's just letting the generals scurry about spending money for the time being, while sending scary tweet-monsters in his spare time.


Have you one bit of EVIDENCE to the contrary?   The Mideast is more at peace now than at any time since WWII and NO ONE HAS NOTICED.


Or.....welll........maybe they have.

khnum's picture

The years mentioned are 2017 and 18 that is the Trump presidency I cannot believe some people still believe this guy is the guy they thought they voted for.You've been hustled America meet the new boss same as the old boss just another grifting gold toothed shithouse rat.

NoDebt's picture

Didn't they make a movie about this exact scenario?

'War Dogs'?

you_are_cleared_hot's picture

I was thinking the same thing (Leftover mess from Obama/Kerry). I would hope that Trump would clean this mess up...doing so would free up funds for the wall...(among others)

OverTheHedge's picture

I'm thinking about a huge weapons industry, worth billions, that won't just be turned off once Syria comes to an end. Those 1,000 people at the munition factory will want to keep their new jobs, as will all the shady arms dealers et al. Question is, who will be their next customers? Probably a country that has no idea it is about to have a revolution. 

Another thought - this network is now up and running, probably with Erdogan at the centre of the web. How hard would it be for someone not part of the Western power system to appropriate it, and flood Europe, America, etc with weaponry, all at knock-down prices.I'm sure SOMEONE would want them.

Here is an amusing list - let's see who can beat The Sudan for pricing:

Afghanistan-Kabul$1,500 for US issued Night Vision Googles
Australia$15,493 in Sydney
Average price of AK-47 worldwide$534
Canada$2,000 for handgun, $600 to rent
Europe$400 to $900 for Rocket Launchers and AK-47s
Iraq$800, with Osama Bin Laden’s favorite model for $2,000
Iraq-Bullets$0.15 to $0.45 per bullet
Iraq-Rocket Launcher$100, $50 per grenade
Mexico-AK-47$1,400 on US border/$3,000 in South
Mexico-Gernade$100 to $500 for M67 Grenade
Niger Delta-AK-47$75
Philippines$120 for .22 Caliber Magnum Black Widow
Profit in the U.S.$500 for selling AK-47 to Drug Cartels
Somalia$400 for Russian AK-47, $600 for North Korean AK-47
Sudan$86 for AK-47, $33 for child
Syria$2,100 for AK-47, $2,000 for RPG
Thailand$2,600 for gun
United States $400

(My emphasis, because)

Jim in MN's picture

Well so the question is who can we blow away with all this gear, that would actually BENEFIT humankind?

Wait, don't tell me, let me guess.......

SoDamnMad's picture

This is our jobs program to assist the former Soviet countries. Unfortunately the only jobs here in the US will be second jobs we all will have to take to pay for this shit.  And we thought the pallets of $100 bills shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan were bad that the Pentagon can't account for.

readthehand's picture

I am so sick of this shit.


Volkodav's picture

      kinda amateur site call cartridges as bullets

      your media that is normal though

OverTheHedge's picture

I just grabbed something off the internet that supported my viewpoint. I have no idea if the info is valid, or who the site is run by - never seen it before in my life. One of the great joys of the internet is that you can provide supporting arguments for virtually any position - just look at Slack Jack! I proved him wrong about polar bear populations and polar ice cap mass this morning, in 20 seconds. Just don't tell him I have no knowledge about the veracity of the information I posted. If it's on the internet, it is probably just made-up nonsense, which is most of the fun.

consider me gone's picture

And all this "information" just swirls around and around to no avail. Things just stay the way they've always been, FUBAR. Ah, the miracle of the modern technological age.

Iskiab's picture

Trump won't be able to clean it up. He signed a no funding terror presidential order, so the same guys rebranded themselves so the funding can continue. Most likely what'll happen is the people surrounding him will downplay it so it can continue.

The other thing not mentioned is the weaponizing of the Balkans. I'm sure a lot of the arms fall off the back of the truck in the region, and will have a destabilizing effect.

ironic_username's picture

Please feel free to flame me unmercifully for daring to say this what with my account at this site only being about two weeks old, but if you haven't figured out that it doesn't matter which puppet - D or R - is sitting in the White House at this point, then you haven't been paying attention.  Saying - or even thinking - that the problems we're facing with corruption in this country started with Obama and Kerry ignores the pre-existing corruption that's been driving our ship of state since before we were born.