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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donefuhkingaround's picture

you forgot:

would the 3 buildings in NYC have been nuked by moes-odd + langleybushwing - and the pentagram been slammed by a sub launched missile from a sub which sailed from the eastern med ?

Boxed Merlot's picture

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

I was thinkin the same thing. I've noticed in fact some recent "discovery" posts regarding official 9-11 reports as being factually wrong and actually placing direct blame on Israeli leadership / planning being submitted by reputed "Jews". Even referring to Lucky Larry Silverstein and his cozy relationship with Ben.

Interesting times.

replaceme's picture

I heard a brave reporter on NPR this morning that Trump was stopping her from doing her job, Russians... I did not hear any talk of arming ISIS, Al Qaeda. Must be another reporter's job.

Dg4884's picture

This will see alot of air time on MSM.  You can bet on that!  /s

Horse Pizzle's picture

YPG = Kurds.  These are our friends, not terrorists.

replaceme's picture

in Idlib specifically, analysts have confirmed genocidal cleansing of religious minorities conducted by AQ "rebels" directly assisted by CIA weapons.

Don't skim over important parts, covering evidence of genocide would fall into that category. Paying off the UN to keep yourself, Saudi Arabia, off the list of countries killing the most children would also rise to the level of important - another day, another story.

Collectivism Killz's picture

Caution. The YPG and Peshmerga blatantly disarmed and later betrayed Assyrian Christians and Yezidi Kurds. Most of them are either Marxists or Conservative Sunni Muslims; this has led to many Shia Kurds joining with Arab-Iranian Militias. Better than Isis, but not our friends

any_mouse's picture

Our local thugs doing Zion's work.

Remember when Osama bin Laden and his merry band of jihadis were our friends in Afghanistan?

Do you really think that there exists any humanity in WDC?

CIA fights daily to export Freedom and apple pie?

When the Kurds are no longer useful they will be left in the desert alone again, just like we did earlier in Iraq.

If any nation needs a Regime Change...

el buitre's picture

These are our friends, not terrorists.

Our?  "What do you mean **we**, white man."  - Tonto.

Umh's picture

We know. "Ostensibly is an adverb you use to talk about something that looks one way, but underneath there's the hint of a different motivation for that action."

Volkodav's picture

     you don't know kurds

     a few, other regions are not bad

     not these

blue51's picture

Kurds are being used by the Zionists as merc's .Fools.

Juliette's picture

There is no "swamp" or "deep state" ... there's only JEWS.

Fake Trump's picture

I am just wondering if Jesus a Jew.  How about Adam and Eve? They created Apple the brand name.

Pliskin's picture

It wasn't Adam and Eve, it was Lemar and Shanique!

veritas semper vinces's picture

read the Summerian tablets describing most of the Bible stories,like Adam and Eve,the flood. Yes,the Bible was stolen from them and had some changes to put the chosenites into a faborable light.

How do you explain this?

AurorusBorealus's picture

Yes.... all the "semper fi" jarheads running about the U.S., the state-sponsored cult-worship of the military that occurs at every public event, the chants of USA USA as Murcan soldiers butcher, rape, and pillage the world.  They are all excused of any responsibility for the atrocities of their government because it is the "jooos."  Please come back to reality.

zimboe's picture

A bombshell report? About weapons?

*AHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAAAA*-you wacky zany madcap Hedgers, you!

Well, it'd be a little funnier if children, men, and their wives (and/or goats and camels) weren't being blasted into clouds of red mist and flying bones on an hourly basis.

Sorry, but humour is where you find it.


Gotta go pet the dog again and thank him for being here; and for being better than us 'cuz he can't hold a gun.

As cynical as I am, still this shit makes me want to weep.

Those poor goats. Won't somebody think of the goats?


-So and like,where are the mass arrests?

Myst's picture
'Trump Must Comment' on US Allegedly Rescuing Daesh Commanders From Deir ez-Zor:

Games Without Frontiers's picture

They hate us for our free dumbs?

Chippewa Partners's picture

The Long Grey Line at work.

Chundered everywhere...'s picture

There's nothing to worry about. Russia doesn't care about the dogs - it's after the joker wearing the checkered shirt. Turning Eastern Europe into a gigantic Kosovo may fill some wankers tissue basket in Langley but that is not where the next war will be won. Russia understands that Ukraine's nuclear power plants have been taken hostage with the implicit threat to China syndrome them as the last upturned Western card. Westinghouse is feeding its MOX fuel rods into the Ukronazi controlled powerplants right now - today. It was Westinghouse fuel rods that blew up Chernobyl.

Russia would rather be a lion for a day than a lamb for a thousand years.

It is a fight to the death between Russia and US.

I am fairly certain in the event of hostilities Russia will win.

Better strategies, gear, training, intelligence, DNA.


Zero-Hegemon's picture

War is pure profit for a select few, and death and suffering for everyone else

UdderContempt's picture

A paper trail? They're more stupid than I thought.

sheikurbootie's picture

Obama lied and people died

Pliskin's picture

Trumps still lying, people still dying!

Fake Trump's picture

War is a big and lucrative business  for some people. The rich will become richer and the poor will become poorer in America. 

Baron von Bud's picture

America exports weapons and war. Everything else we gave to China. Defense spending props up our economy and supports all 50 states. It's all we've got left.

navy62802's picture

Not surprising. Obama's administration got the ball rolling on this criminal program, and the effort was spear-headed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Clinton Syndicate sought to drive the various color revolutions throughout the Middle East through illegal programs such as this. And I believe that the Clinton Foundation was the funding mechanism she used for many of these efforts.

donefuhkingaround's picture

it goes back much further in time my friend

Omega_Man's picture

Merica deserves all the destruction it can get!! Nuke it now. EMP it, hurricane it, etc...

redmudhooch's picture

Don't worry, CIA/MOSSAD is working on it now.

Cutter's picture

What a government.  The OCCRP is itself a US Government funded propaganda operation meant to weaken Russia.  Take a look at what they do.  They only report "criminality" of Russia and Eastern Europeans, and former Soviet Republics that the US Government doesn't like.  They report nothing about Western Europe or the US, even though they front themselves as neutral journalists.

So we the taxpayer are now funding a State Department propaganda arm to uncover a Pentagon covert operation.  What a great use of our funds.

The answer is to cut the Defense budget in half.  Even then we would still be spending more than the next 10 countries combined.

rejected's picture

Still wondering where some of those trillions the Pentagram can't account for went? 

Whether we like it or not we are accessories before and after the fact trying to destroy a country that is only a threat to one nation in the ME.  The Pentagram, Intelligence gangs (all manned mostly by Americans) are rogue and criminal. No different than any gangster that ever existed except they have the cover of government.

What's really bad is they're sooooo stupid they actually documented this stupid shit. Worse, they cannot seem to be successful other than to create hate and discontent for American citizens across the planet.

Two Theives and a Liar's picture

Dollars created from nothing [debt].

Dollars pay for Weapons.

Weapons enforce Dollar Hegemony.

No wonder Bitcoin is going parabolic.

As for always...


hangemhigh77's picture

I'm sorry but you're WRONG. it's SILVER bitchez!!! Everything else is correct.

donefuhkingaround's picture

you can't go wrong with both gold and silver - and a little Pt and Pd for good measure - and a whole lotta lead

BendGuyhere's picture


Do they teach this shit at the Kennedy School? The CFR?

More to the point, is it working? So far Syria is a bigger fiasco than Iraq. Aren't american contractors supposed to make the money off of these interventions, so they can can then shove some payola back into McCain's, Fienstein's, McConnel's, Lady Linsey Graham Cracker's bank account?

hangemhigh77's picture

But we support the troops. Honor the military. God Bless America I think more and more sheeple are starting to understand that this FUVKED UP MILITARY is fleecing us going around the world killing and maiming innocent people for corporate profit. Enough of this shit already. Hang some of these motherfuckers for treason already.

donefuhkingaround's picture

Fighting Joe, Mad Dog

- a plea..

please get all the F'ing lizards out of the pentagon !

and while you are under the hood - close down the Langley Bush wing

Solomonpal's picture

The amount of varied opinion is astounding. Almost like assholes cause everyone has one.

hangemhigh77's picture

Go to an NFL game, the military has literally taken them over. It's like a giant military recruiting operation. Fucking bullshit.

AurorusBorealus's picture

Not since the Assyrian empire has any nation worshipped its military more than the U.S.

sniffybigtoe's picture

Well at least they're not running it with the State Dept. out of Bengahzi anymore.

hangemhigh77's picture


samsara's picture

Bomb the CFR or as Hillary called it "The Mother Ship"