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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hangemhigh77's picture

Peaceful protest? That's exactly what our overlords want us to think will work. But how do they maintain control? Violence. Let's do what works. Violence, violence, it's the only thing that makes them see sense. You can't ASK a bully to stop punching you in the face. You MUST punch him back. Win or lose you can only fight back.

Neochrome's picture

"We the people" tax dollars hard at work. Perhaps, just perhaps, ANTIFA has the right idea but the wrong target...

Ace006's picture

AntiFa are vile, ultra-left thugs. They have no role to play anywhere in the West. They belong in jail.

DjangoCat's picture

Tell it to George.  I don't think the corrupted judges will give you much of a hearing either.

DjangoCat's picture

They don't really need tax dollars anymore, just print up some more debt.  The CIA is basically self funding with drugs and arms sales.

motoXdude's picture

It appears the US Pentagon also resides in the yet-to-be drained swamp!

hangemhigh77's picture

What backs the dollar? It's not even oil anymore, it's the military. Use it or we invade.

hangemhigh77's picture

I have a few bucks, lie to me baby.

hangemhigh77's picture

Every little thing you do, you do for me...... general.

Honest Sam's picture

There are no more "Bombshells", Weirdnesses, Awesomes, Stunnings, and other b.s. clickbait words to grab our eyeballs.  

Why fall linto the pit of disrepute joing the rest of mass media that we come here to avoid like the plague with all their fake news, bullshit, and propaganda?

 

Knock it the fuck off!

moorewasthebestbond's picture

This is a real shocker!

 

I'm going to throw it on the big pile of shockers and bombshells I'm building out back.

hangemhigh77's picture

There's blood in the streets, it's up to my knees.

Armed Resistance's picture

There's blood in the streets, the town of Chicago
There's blood on the rocks it's following me

hangemhigh77's picture

And his father was military. You think he knew the score?

hangemhigh77's picture

A DOWN vote? Who doesn't love The Doors. I can only assume you are s FUCKING ASSHOLE.

TeaClipper's picture

The rat lines are falling at a rapid rate. Hard to imagine the untold suffering that has gone by, and is yet to come just from all the depleted uranium the US has been responsible for in that area.

Pumpkin's picture

Our government lies???!!!  Shock Face.

wisebastard's picture

the sad part is most americans would care more if star bucks raised the price of their coffee......

optimator's picture

Not "Our" government...that's the problem.

Omega_Man's picture

execute same number of mericans as died in syrian war

Pliskin's picture

Careful now, you'll trigger all the soft little yanky cunts!

 

Honest Sam's picture

Foreskin, will you quit with the 'cunt' word?  

Shirley you are more articulate than to resort to body parts.

wisebastard's picture

syria starts to beat isis and trump bombs them. Syria then defeats isis and the US fund rebels to attack them.......

Pliskin's picture

Do you remember the picture of Trump with his little, girly hands on that glowing Saudi Orb in the desert?

That was just before he went back stage and sucked King Abdullah-Azziz cock.

Representing ALL Americans, they can't get enough of that Muslim cock.

Suck it down you little, faggot cunts!

The Socialist Utopia that is the U.S.A

Muppets!

Honest Sam's picture

Ever since 'cunt' was removed from George's forbidden list of words, its use has proliferated to the point that it has lost its punch.

Some, like you, just enjoy saying or writing it. Please stop.

Try and refrain from using cock and cunt in the same sentence, 

And what is with your obsession with Trump's hands?   

hangemhigh77's picture

What is the face of evil? A retired marine driving a Mercedes living in a 400k house.

hangemhigh77's picture

ISIS = CIA = American tax payer = delusional chump.

Omega_Man's picture

put USA on terrorist list now

hangemhigh77's picture

We need the military to keep us safe from all the countries they've pissed off.

aliens is here's picture

That's my money you fkers in MIC are wasting. F YOU.

venturen's picture

Obama should be dragged into the world's court! 

He is the worst president PERIOD!

Pliskin's picture

Yeh, it's a god job that Trumplestiltskin has pushed back against all of Obamas policies!

NOT!

Honest Sam's picture

Try and stay on point.  

The post was about the corruption of the Bamster and his admenstruation.  

You can still say something negative about Trump but put your marker down agreeing with the OP about theBamster's bonehaded moves, tell the OP you agree with him, and....

You'll get cred and still make your point.

Win-win. 

For the chirren.

Manipuflation's picture

Since I am unemployed in this so-called thriving job market and my son is home "sick" from going to school.  Yeah right, he is jsut sick of Fool.  I think we should take a trip over to Tactical Advantage gun shop and shooting range.  I bet he will forget all about his sore throat and I might need to buy something.

Remember, the owner of Tactical Avantage is the guy that destroyed the muzzie that was fucking up the local mall last fall.

My son is only six years of age but it is not too early.

Joebloinvestor's picture

No real surprise.

 

The US is the biggest arms dealer in the world.

Tarjan's picture

Fucking war criminals!

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NuYawkFrankie's picture

USSA + ISISrael ---> Global Murder Inc.


Herdee's picture

It'll give Trump the needed ammunition to axe a lot of the Pentagon scum. Not following orders at the Pentagon is being carried out by those who practice a form of sedition against the current Administration. Save money by getting rid of NeoCons, they'll soon find out they've all been black listed when forced to leave.

DjangoCat's picture

I don't see Trump moving on this.  His White House and Justice Department are all theater and no action where it counts.

SRV's picture

Most top brass in the military are involved... and fully compromised, big time. You don't get in the club if you don't do the dirty, on record!

How much uglier can this world get... and the pretty faces on the MSM are paid millions a year to deny, deny, and smear, smear (Pizza-gate was the model)... seriously, when do we say enough?

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

Bombshell? 

 

since when? 

SRV's picture

It is a bombshell IF it would ever hit the Zionist Corporate Media... it will not, without a healthy dose of skepticism.  Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva broke the whole thing wide open over a month ago... she was interrogated by Intel and fired for her troubles and CIA authored "expert" pieces are coming out to simply lie about the fact the rules have been quietly changed to take the Diplomatic Pouch loophole to the extreme, including entire shipping containers and even entire planes!

George Webb has been putting out daily UT vids on the entire Deep State funding criminal Moffia (literally modeled after them) for a year now.

Oh, and guess who are partners on at least one of those busy weapons manufacturers with more business than they can handle... McCain & Graham. Now you know why they use they're influence to champion every military option on the planet.

The Swamp is an Ocean!

Ace006's picture

This is an important story but it's mostly only the ZH B Team out in force to comment on it. Bomb ___! Hang ___! Burn ___! Execute ___!

Jkweb007's picture

I WONDER how long Russia will put up with this surely they must see this as a threat to there own comrads in arms. When will the gloves come off. 

Then there is another way to view this and thats let them all shoot each other. Less moslems in refugee status. I cant beleive how stupid these people are and what do they expect to gain. I am really impressed the black plague has not appeared in the middle east with so many killed along with total destruction.

AurorusBorealus's picture

I wonder how long Europeans will put up with this, knowing that the terrorists in the no-go zones blowing little Europeans to bits are armed and supported by their "good friends" in the USA.

Jkweb007's picture

I WONDER how long Russia will put up with this surely they must see this as a threat to there own comrads in arms. When will the gloves come off. 

Then there is another way to view this and thats let them all shoot each other. Less moslems in refugee status. I cant beleive how stupid these people are and what do they expect to gain. I am really impressed the black plague has not appeared in the middle east with so many killed along with total destruction.

africoman's picture

Se amigos, we have said it money times.

SRV's picture

George Webb has been walking the halls of congress screaming this for a year... so far he's been ignored, set up for a DUI spending several days in a Zanesville jail, been called an Alt Right Conspiracy Theorist in the only story the NYTs did on him (when he called out the shipment of depleted uranium in Diplomatic Containers... the port was shut down, ship never unloaded, & the entire computer system of Maersk was "hacked" the next day.. all records lost)... he donated & voted for Bernie, and CNN did one hit piece on him with the same smears.

Gets even better, as Hillary (and many others in congress like McCain & Graham) and her spy's in congress (the Awans now facing only fraud charges in an attempt to hide the spying)... and top brass in the military are up to their eyeballs in weapons sales to terrorists and drugs coming back (to divide and conquer America) are part of the same Deep State cabal financed by the crime.

The Swamp is much worse than anyone ever dreamed, this is hard evidence (GW has much more), and the MSM will bury and obfuscate it... the brain dead will say nothing.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Wait...

does this mean The Wall will not be built?

the Mars Colony?

 

Pliskin's picture

Oh No, they have to build that wall, because the Mexicans, err....the Chinese, the Germans, the Russians, the Iranians, the North Koreans, the Venezuelans, the Muslims, the Jews, the Saudis....got to blame anyone but themselves for the shit their in....U.S.A  U.S.A    U.S.A!