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

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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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natxlaw's picture

But will Trump do something about this?  

God is The Son's picture

TRUMP is Zionist, a DOG of Israel and a DOG of International Zionism, he won't do shit.

God is The Son's picture

Zionist States of America using GOY MONEY to fund GOY FORCES to Kill GOY CIVILIANS.

ciscokid's picture

But Syrian government still is winning the fight.

Catullus's picture

It's their Opium for Weapons swap program.

HowdyDoody's picture

There is also the Captagon Trail. .... And, well, well, well, it turns out those all round Good Guys (TM) the Kurds had their fingers in the drug smuggling trade through Turkey.

 

 

SillyWabbits's picture

This can't be happening in a democracy.

We are a nation of laws.

Whoever is responsible for this will be punishsed.

Any nation state supporting this will receive severe sanctions.

any_mouse's picture

In a parallel universe, perhaps.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"This can't be happening in a democracy."

We are not even close to one

"We are a nation of laws."

Yes, many laws, no rule of law.

"Whoever is responsible for this will be punishsed."

??????? Where did you get that idea

"Any nation state supporting this will receive severe sanctions."

????

SubjectivObject's picture

aptly monikered SillyWabbit omits the sarc tag

Lt. Frank Drebin's picture

Hang em high! (also a great movie)

Dr. Engali's picture

I'm shocked! Shocked I say, that one criminal organization would hook up with other criminal organizations.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

MIC + Gov = RICO

RICO - AG = 0

tripletail's picture

Just like Lord of War with Nick Cage.

God is The Son's picture

Zionists are SICK, parasite a nation aka America, use their TAX's, their Inteligence Agencys to fund Stone Age Butchers to masscare SYRIA so that ISRAEL CAN FEEL SAFE.

OutaTime43's picture

Afghan Opium for guns?

koaj's picture

Good thing they're still fighting for my freedoms...

hooligan2009's picture

i will invent a word that can be used to describe the peddlars of death, pain, disease and misery in the middle east and elsewhere, within the MIC.

swampscum.

otschelnik's picture

Obummer and Hitlery skulldugury exposed.  

God is The Son's picture

and KIKE TRUMP, ISIS was a marketed campain to BRING in US FORCES. ISIS crimes were babbies in encubators. While FSA crimes were ignored.

saldulilem's picture

We cannot confirm nor deny the ... hey look, Caitlyn Jenner riding a bicycle!

docmac324's picture

Coming to a country nearer to you..

NoWayJose's picture

Anyone thinking the Pentagon is in charge of this is a fool. The Pentagon is only a tool in the hands of its real masters.

Hillarys Server's picture

Typo in article:

"inevitable proliferation of weapons among unsavory terror groups"
-->
"intentional and pinpoint delivery of weapons to ISIS"

DemandSider's picture

Wait a minute, you mean to say that the U.S. is arming thugs who kill civilans indiscriminately????

OverTheHedge's picture

"Wait a minute, you mean to say that the U.S. is arming thugs who kill civilans indiscriminately????"

 

Delete the word "arming", and your sentence makes more sense.

veritas semper vinces's picture

US is directly killing civilians indiscriminately.>3600 in Raqqa and Mosul.Where have you been?

DemandSider's picture

Somebody has to stop expansionest Iran. Since the 18th century, they have been poised to burst forth, en masse, from their borders, like a coiled spring. I'm not talking an old, elliptical, leaf spring, but an actual, hydraulically assisted, coil spring at 1 million PSI! The longer we wait to kill innocent Iranians, the more potential evil is stored. Sure they may have lost some hydraulic fluid over the centuries, or the coil spring may have weakened, or even broke, or their pump could be on the fritz, but, the point is,.....KILLLLLL! DEATHH! BLOOODD!

Dickweed Wang's picture

In spite of the bullshit and anti Trump propaganda you see on veteranstoday.com they have been talking about the covert arms "rat line" from Georgia to the terrorists in Syria and Iraq for years.

Iconoclast421's picture

If you thought Trump wouldnt continue arming ISIS, you're an even bigger fool than he is!

stant's picture

" WTF we already spent money" somebody at the pentagram

Mike Masr's picture

This will not even get mentioned by our fake news MSM!

MK ULTRA Alpha's picture

Remember Mattis told Turkey after ISSI was destroyed the Pentagram would collect all the Kurd guns and ammo.

Pentagram conducts wars without congressional sanction, furthermore a host of AGENCIES conduct war on the Americans without oversight and no safeguards. 17 intelligence agencies with over 200,000 contractors is the law of the land.

Police militarized by the Pentagram, kick in the door for no reason asset forfeiture, a $100 billion electronic monitoring system, fusion centers, etc. anyone who is not loyal to Israel is the enemy of the state.

Go look at your food, circle with a u or k means food is taxed and the tax is used to buy congress.

There is no America, it is in your mind, brainwashed from TV and high school. It's funny Stockman and CBO Rivilin never write about $1.5 trillion given to Israel over the last 40 years and the latest according to Paul Craig Roberts OBSCENE amount handed over, but Stockman rails against so called entitlements for the OLD and Rivilin wants Social Security cut back. Both want to hurt the old at the end of their lives for money, easy targets, why do they not write of the money we borrow for wars for Israel and the money we give to Israel?

Right now Finestein is making statements against Christians in the Senate. We are borrowing money for more war for Israel. Nothing like trying to destroy Christians but everything for the Jews, NO SEPERATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE WITH THE JEW CONTROL.

Israel has admitted they were behind ISIS and the genocide of over 500K Syrian Christians, yeah, right one commenter stated if we don't bless Israel we are doomed. He wrote that on the ZH board, soon we will be censored by Facebook and Goggle.

gregga777's picture

Any and all criticism of the Crusader state and racist paradise of Apartheid Israel is anti-Semitic. I know because the Anglo-Zionist FAKE NEWS Media reiterates that fact on a daily basis and has been doing so for more than 70 years.

God is The Son's picture

All this going on, the Jewish Mainstream Media is pounding the heads of GOY with Gay Marriage, Boy's and Dress's, Girls and pants, Black Lives Matter, Feminism, Anti-FA, KIKE KUX CLAN, Refugues, North Korean Nukes reaching Western Citys. Marxism, Communism, Diversity.

shimmy's picture

Wow, I'm just shocked by this. I never would have imagined this to be happening and this is massive news. 

The only thing that would shock me more is a bombshell report indicating Killary is now adding someone else to her blame list for her election failure. 

Crusader75's picture

Killary Clinton 48%  Vladimir Putin 46%  Anyone but the Orange Douchebag 6%

NickPeeMe's picture

Not to worry Trump is going to fix all this, or he is going to triple his families wealth one or the other I can't remember which. 

OTMPut's picture

Bombshell? May be to the intellectual-yet-idiot CNN consuming class.

This was common knowledge among anyone who had an iota of critical thinking and access to multiple sources of data.

shovelhead's picture

The paperwork elevates it out of the realm of conjecture and innuendo into hard cold undeniable evidentery fact usable in a court of law.

Not that it will make any real difference.

Swamp Yankee's picture

Shocked!  Shocked, I tell you!

gregga777's picture

The United States of America's Feral Gangster Government is Allied with Al Qaeda and Islamic State in contravention of Federal law. Too bad that the United States doesn't have a Constitution that prevents illegal, undeclared wars and war crimes.

gregga777's picture

Would there even be any Islamic terrorism, in Western nations, if in 1947 the United States had NOT led the United Nations to create the Crusader state of Apartheid Israel right in the middle of the Islamic world? Would there even be any refugees from Islamic nations? Hmmm?

* Would there have been the 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars?
* Would there have been any Arab oil embargoes?
* Would there have been any wars in Lebanon?
* Would the USS Liberty have been deliberately attacked by Israel on June 8, 1967 with 34 US sailors KIA and 171 wounded;
* Would there even be such organizations as the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), Black September, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, ISIS and many, many others?
* Would Iran allegedly even be motivated to develop nuclear weapons if it were not for the 100-400 nuclear weapons developed by Israel from fissile materials provided from the US Savannah River nuclear facility?
* Would the US be bogged down in unwinnable wars, for the glory of Greater Apartheid Israel, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc., with tens of thousands of killed and wounded, millions of dead civilians, $ trillions wasted because the Israeli people don't want their own people killed?
* Would Europe be overrun with millions of Muslims seeking asylum outside their war ravaged countries?
* Would there be so many rapes in Sweden committed by vile Islamic rapefugees that the police can't cope with them even when the victims are 3 years old;

To date, Israel has been the beneficiary of approximately $125 billion (not adjusted for inflation) in U.S. foreign aid, an unimaginable sum, more than any other country since WW II, and which is slated to further increase to some $165 billion (also unadjusted for inflation) by the end of the new ten-year aid package in 2029.

U.S. aid constitutes some 3 percent of Israel's total state budget and about 1 percent of its GDP. U.S. aid constitutes some 20 percent of the total defense budget, 40 percent of the IDF budget, and almost the entire procurement budget.

When the American People as a whole turn against Apartheid Israel it isn't going to be pretty.

numapepi's picture

Ride the short bus to school did you?

MK ULTRA Alpha's picture

You always make the same mistake on money given Israel. It is $1.5 trillion over the last 40 years and the latest is $300 billion. Both the $125 billion and the $165 billion is inaccurate. This amount doesn't include NYC and New York state money. Nor does it include the extortion kosher food tax. Go look at a can of food, a circle with a U or a K means a tax had to be PAID for you to eat. They have their own web site.

We have made many Israeli families multi-billionaires. I read the amount of US tax dollars was over $50,000 for each Israeli and that was about 12 years ago.

blue51's picture

I checked 3 different cans / 3 different brands  : Goya chick peas , Essential black olives , and Contadina tomato paste . The first 2 had the U in a circle , and Contadina had the K in a pyramid . I am curious now .

zimboe's picture

Israel is the geopolitical equivalent of a festering boil.

Small surprise- that's what happens when you inject foreign matter into an organism.

...

And Emperor Kim Jong Un The Rotund is the geopolitical equivalent of a flaming sack of dogshit on China's front porch.

It's China's porch- let them get geopolitical shit all over thier shoes stomping it out.