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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Advoc8tr's picture

What the fuck is wrong with American people ?  The inevitable conclusion one must draw is that the people of the USA fully support the global terrorism of their government.

There is no hiding from the truth anymore - it is in-your-face and indisputable.

It seems to imply that an armed population is any kind of deterrent to an out of control government is utter nonsense .  The USA population has an unrivalled ability to respond but there is an obvious lack of will or courage to do so.  It is inconceivable that ignorance alone is the culprit.

I understand now why most travelling Americans I meet pretend to be Canadian on first encounter.  

You are supposed to be a beacon of hope to others aspiring for freedom ... when will you stop shooting at each other and start aiming at the big red target.

LA_Goldbug's picture

But Charlie Rose will be at it soon saying it ain't so. The blame will be on the overzealous generals in the Pentagram.

donefuhkingaround's picture

the reason "the armed people" don't rise up is because they have been so deeply and completely brainwashed into believing all their problems are caused by outsiders; muslims, russians, chinese, etc.  - that does not excuse them - they have been brainwashed voluntarily - but they are not evil - just dumb oafs - morons - sheep - and yes, darwin award candidates

AurorusBorealus's picture

Do not forget the Mexicans.  They are the scapegoat de jour.  Not important to most Murcans is the fact that most of the recent arrivals in the U.S. have been from Honduras who are exiles from a political civil war started by Clinton when she was Secretary of State.  The U.S. causes a coup in Honduras, forces a million people into exie destitute, and then treats these people as criminals when they arrive at the U.S. border.  Lovely people.

DjangoCat's picture

What is wrong with the American people?  They watch the news on TV, they watch the Hollywood shows and films, all propaganda.  They believe the fake news and think Antifa is great, esp the young.

The facts are indisputable, but they don't get the facts.  They can't handle the truth, as some military asshole once said (in the propaganda film pretending that justice might be found in a military court).

What's wrong with the British people?  Same issue.  They believed Tony Blair.  They continue to believe the Russians invaded Crimea, that the Maidan was a demonstration of the poplular will, that the Syrian moderate rebels are the good guys, that Assad is poisoning his people with sarin gas, that the White Helmets are heroes.

Rinse and repeat in France, Germany, Australia, Canada, New Zealand...

Before long, you have a problem.

What can you do when "respectable" media outlets around you are all spouting lies?


AurorusBorealus's picture

There was a book recently: Hitler's Willing Executioner's that argued that the German people had basic knowledge of Hitler's death-camp programs but mostly ignored any information about these camps deliberately.  Their complacency was akin to support, and therefore they were all responsible.  I am not sure that I agree with the premise: that most German knew, but certainly more Germans were aware of what was happening than the traditional histories would have us believe.

Another book on this subject is Hannah Arendt's Eichman in Jerusalem.  The point of this book is that evil is banal: simple.  It is not conspiring, malicious hate-filled frothing and spitting.  Evil is plain, common: people going about their everyday tasks with full knowledge that they are participating in something barbarous, but more concerned with the day-to-day than the consequences.  What we see in the U.S. is a study in the "banality of evil."

veritas semper vinces's picture

No,Germans did not know ,for the simple fact that there were no death-camps in Hitler's Germany. There were only work-camps. No gas or oven deaths.No Shoah. Most of the deaths happened when the British and Americans bombed the supply lines for the camps,resulting in hunger and spread of typhus.The Zyklon B was for killing lice.

The rest is only Jewish and their sayanim propaganda.

AurorusBorealus's picture

I am afraid that the facts speak clearly to the fact that there was indeed a holocaust.

hangemhigh77's picture

In Amerika, state sponsored murder is patriotic. Stand up and pledge your allegiance to the flag, a flag that represents murder and mayhem. Yes be a "patriotic" idiot and support ANYTHING ur CRIMINAL government does. You FUCKING SHEEP.

samsara's picture

"...Pentagon suppliers have links with known criminal networks..."

Pentagon suppliers ARE known criminal networks...

Fixed it for you

There's picture

Notice that the news cycle and narative have been diverted from Useless President Dangerous lately.

As the investigation tightens the fix is being worked.

Goldbugger's picture

Corrupt goverment at it's best.

bshirley1968's picture

Nothing to see here, move along.

Do you think they really care any more or see  need to "cover" their tracks?  If you do, then you are clueless.  Nothing is going to happen.  Who is going to do something about it?  Oh sure, there may be some "hearings" cause that's what shitbag lawyers do......and DC is just one giant cesspool of lawyers. 

Reporting on this is meaningless.   Nothing comes of it.  God will bring the final justice to these evil bastards.

hangemhigh77's picture

All she wants to do is dance. Keep the game going the banksters are behind everything. The evil lies in the ability to create money. Entire armies are able to be built on fiat currency while the people suffer and starve and we're so fucking stoooooopid they have us worshipping our very oppressors and blaming each other for our plight. Keep sending your little kids to the government endictrination camps to keep the fraud going. Hey, get a bumper sticker for your car. "My kid is number one". Wow we're all so special.

Rich Monk's picture

Allowing Jews, who created marxism, communism into the USA will turn out to be America's costliest and deadliest sin.

redmudhooch's picture

You forgot allowing them to run our Educational system.

Big league fuck up!

JailBanksters's picture

It's the Russians hacking the White House trying to expose the Legal transfer of Weapons of Mass Destruction to Terrorists as Fake Newz.



Reaper's picture

Exceptional Suckas trust their military and intelligence agencies. 

hangemhigh77's picture

Please Mr Putin free the American sheeple, bomb DC and Wall Street.

michelp's picture

"Please Mr Putin free the American sheeple, bomb DC and Wall Street."

So very American all over again; ask foreigners to clean your own dirty laundry as if they were your slave.



hangemhigh77's picture

Soldiers "job" is killing people. WHO is their superior God or some jerkoff in a suit with shiny baubles on it? Hello, killing people ISN'T a FUCKING job!!! It's called MURDER, plain and simple.

Fireman's picture

Pentacon Kill Industrie$, corrupt, incompetent and rotten to the core. So these lying mobsters are going to "take on" Russia and China to "save" the worthless IOU petroscrip Saudi Mercan (no longer) I$I$ backed fiat filth dollah? That's funny, real funny.


Onward to Slumville and the war to end all wars, our civil war reloaded!


Where's little Donny Rumsfeld and the missing Pentacon 9 11 trillons these days?

DjangoCat's picture

Where's lettle Donny, probably in a bunker on some desert island somewhere.  The US navy seems unable to get out of its own way,  The newest destroyer broke down in trials last year then again had to be towed into port in the Panama canal because it broke down again.  The MIC has become so corrupt as to be unable to maintain itself.

Omega_Man's picture

Assad must Sue shitte merica for trillions 

Pliskin's picture

'merica doesn't have trillions, maybe they can print some of those dollar thingys, but I'm pretty sure the world is turning its back on the dollar-petro-fiat-cack, when they rebuild Syria it won't be the America-thugs who do it, it'll be Chinese, Russians and/or Iranians.  That'll have the U.S.A chanting crowd on ZH rushing for their colouring books and blunted crayons!

C.I.A. = America = Dirty bunch of pussy-assed cunts.

If they're not choking on Trumps orange flacid cock, they're sucking at Hillary's filthy-diseased twat.

What a fucking embarrasment they are (To themselves)

A once great nation, turned into a big pot of crying, whinging, do-nothing, but blame others, bunch of fucking mongoloids!


redmudhooch's picture

"presumably in order to hide US involvement."

Now why would they want to hide this? Some folks need to go to jail.


The betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.

hangemhigh77's picture

Let's stop this shit. First hang every God damned political "representative" of the people. These motherfuckers took an oath, they are traitors FUCKING HANG THEM. Next hang EVERY bank CEO on principle they are lying thieving crooks that have destroyed millions of lives and murdered millions. HANG EVERYONE OF THESE COCKSUCKERS IN TIMES SQUARE. Next, hang every piece of shit traitor that took an oath including every fucking cop. If you took an oath we're sorry but you fucking hang. That should fix a lot of the problem.

Dead Indiana Sky's picture

Every fucking cop?  I'm sorry too, FUCK OFF.

hangemhigh77's picture

Cops are nothing more than corrupt agents of a corrupt state enforcing illigitimate and unconstitutional "laws" for profit created and enacted by corrupt thieves, liars, and pedophiles designed to oppress and fleece the people. Cops are nothing more than highway robbers and revenue agents with guns. You're a cop. I'm sorry you chose to be a piece of shit but that's what you are. You walk around with s gun to protect yourself because you must do the bidding of corrupt pieces of shit. When you step in shit it's hard to get the shit off your shoe. That makes you a corrupt thieving shit heel. Live it cop.

hangemhigh77's picture

Then you're a delusional cop or brainwashed.

hangemhigh77's picture

I'm from NYC don't try to tell me cops help people. They're a gang just like the bloods and the crips. Yes they are I've seen it.

redmudhooch's picture

I understand your view, since you're talking about NYC cops, but in small rural towns, there are lots of good cops. But there are bad ones everywhere.

hangemhigh77's picture

Maybe so to a degree. But tell me if there are good cops then how can bad cops exist ANYWHERE? Cops are supposed to uphold the "law" EQUALLY. Good cops are nothing more than the getaway drivers of a car involved in a robbery where someone got shot. They didn't do it but they're equally responsible. Good cops are COMPLICIT cops. I'm sorry but that's how it is. There are no good cops.

hangemhigh77's picture

The "good" cops need to clean up their own backyard then. Aside from just outwardly killing citizens and brutalizing and fleecing them, I see cops speeding, talking on cell phones where I would get a $600 ticket, and just generally having total disregard for any law they make me obey. Yea, we notice. Soon it's gonna boil over. These fuckers live in our neighborhoods. How long do they think they can rob and harass us and then go home to houses in our neighborhoods. Soon they're gonna be swinging from trees in their front yards or their houses are going to accidentally burn down. These fuckers don't live in secure communities where their overlords live. Their asses are blowing in the breeze and they're so fucking dumb they don't even know it.

hangemhigh77's picture

Whatever cop. Get s real job, one where you don't have to be a criminal to survive. There's honor in making an HONEST living instead of fleecing and harassing.

DjangoCat's picture

Too many cops are funding thier pensions with civil asset forfeitures,  The whole incentive system for them is upside down.  And how about all the military weaponry they are accumulating.  Bad news.

DjangoCat's picture

They had Hillary, Huma and Wiener by the shorts and let them go.  Why is that? 

hangemhigh77's picture

But YOU better not spit on the sidewalk.

hangemhigh77's picture

Where are the Oathkeepers? No where. A bunch of retired cops collecting their bullshit pensions. Captain for a day fraudsters. Where are they? Just another tax free corporation collecting.

hangemhigh77's picture

I'm right about everything else but wrong about that? Statistically impossible. You have to take the good with the bad, it's called TRUTH. Get over it and deal with it.

Ace006's picture

We seem a little unhinged today.

hangemhigh77's picture

I'm mentally right on the edge. Who knows what pushes me over. I'm staying away from malls.

DjangoCat's picture

You forgot the bought out, blackmailed judges.

hangemhigh77's picture

That's a whole other thread but you hit the nail on the head. I worked for Matthew Bender for 20 years and I heard and know a lot about corrupt judges. Eye opening stuff. Law is a corrupt business.

me or you's picture

Kill every Jew in the country and you will be freed. 

PresidentCamacho's picture

Well shit, this actually puts my heart at ease to a degree.... I thought all the billions of rounds of ammo the government was buying during Barack Soteras presidency was going to be used on americans.... but we are just flooding one of the last two countries that have religious tolerance in the middle east with tons of reliable and hardy soviet weapons.... The sweetener is that once all the paid for mercinaries are dead, most of these weapons might be turned on israel or cached for defense in the future. .




David Wooten's picture

"The fact that Foreign Policy, which is the foremost establishment national security publication in the world..."

I thought Foreign Affairs (CFR) held that title.

RussianSniper's picture

The list of United States war criminals in the defense department, intel agencies, state department, and political arena is staggering.

Trump never had a chance to drain the swamp!

The corruption, wealth transference, and duplicity is beyond fixable.