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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loveyajimbo's picture

I still think Trump MIGHT be a good, honest guy... surrounded, (through his own fault for taking some REALLY shitty advice) by Deep State maggots.  McMaster, Cohn and Sessions... NO DOUBT they are corrupt NWO globalist swine.  The new FBI guy is continueing the stonewalling of investigations into the Obama (and Clinton) administration crimes... so is Tillerson of State.  Kelly appears to be an asshole too. 

Litmus test:  As long as Hillary remains unindicted, the Trump administration will reek of corruption and Deep State influence.  Getting rid of Bannon and Gorka and Schiller is a great indication too.

There's picture

Thousands of good honest lies and insults suggests that Useless President Dangerous is the actual problem.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Patrick Henningsen at 21st Century Wire has been all over this going back to July.

Check out his interviews with Dilyana Gaytandzhieva

Shows #193 and #200

Rebelrebel7's picture

US led forces kill 22 Syrians , mostly women and children, in residential house bombing campaign:

Rebelrebel7's picture

From Syrian Arab News Agency ( SANA) 

Rebelrebel7's picture

Just more proof of Hillary's 1984 thesis!

oncemore's picture

Organized crime? Shady figures? Illegal arms smuggling?  Then of course, that government is involved. 

White Devil's picture

...and people argue when you say that ameriKa is spreading violence throughout the world. Derp derp. I hope we never have a country stronger than us who wants to spread their version of "democracy."

ogretown's picture

What will it take before America is declared a rogue nation? 

the cork's picture


God (please) Damn those Bastards.

Arrow4Truth's picture

What if he's on their side?

Jack4952's picture

President John Kennedy was correct when he said that,  "the CIA should be dismantled and crushed into a thousand pieces."

Unfortunately, he was murdered by that same CIA before he could do so.


The CIA is a ROGUE agency - it does whatever it wants and is accountable to no one. (After all, most of its "black ops" funding comes from the POPPY GROWING in Afghanistan.)

Grandad Grumps's picture

Close it down. Cage the leaders.

Brazen Heist's picture

Now we know why NATO has been so busy expanding into eastern Europe - use those nations as arms suppliers to advance the Anglo Zionist agenda.

Fuckers still lost in Syria regardless!

Manipuflation's picture

The gun range was interesting.  You can rent whatever you want for a fee of course.  You have be twelve years, or sometimes ten, I was informed.  Very friendly people so I felt obliged to buy something and spied some Red Army Range Packs in 7.62x39.  There is no way that I needed it but I needed it for the price.  I am not even going to open it as I picked through a found the nicest box.  This box is for display more so than the ammo but in case I burn through the other thouasands of rounds I have then I will always have this last 180 rounds.  I found it odd that it is made in Ukraine though not that it is problem.

I went to Fleet Farm to look at MOAR guns and do an ammo check for 22 LR.  They had 22 LR and on sale for $2.69 for Federal box O fifty.  That is OK ammo for the 10/22's.  There was some Hadji Musjob there in the aisle looking at every brand of 22LR and inspecting the cartridges like they were diamonds.  What the fuck?  I told Achmed that if he he wanted to buy any of that ammo then he had best hurry up becuase I am going to get a cart and I will buy it all.  And that exactly what I did. 

I bought thousands of rounds of ammo today never even knowing that I would do that.  I probably only had 1500 rounds of .22LR left after the "Great .22LR Shortage".  I know that sounds like a lot of ammo but it isn't.  I wasn't going to pay $20 a box for .22LR like a few years back.  I always look for deals on ammo and I gave up on .22LR for a couple of years.  Now it the time to restock.  I can reload anything BUT .22LR.  It was time to restock.       

Ocean22's picture

Before we close out this entry, let’s get back to the idea of abstract conceptualizations and prophecy interpretations that make it seem like what’s happening around us is the result of natural forces. Here is something Tom Horn says about the authors of the Fourth Turning book in his article…

“According to Strauss and Howe in 1997, this chain reaction was already prepped to unfold as the result of natural cycles or ‘Turnings’…”

And if we look at a sections of the book Horn includes in the article, we find them quite “prescient”…

“Just after the millennium, America will enter a new era that will culminate with a crisis comparable to the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II. The very survival of the nation will almost certainly be at stake…

America feels like it’s unraveling. Although we live in an era of relative peace and comfort, we have settled into a mood of pessimism about the long-term future, fearful that our superpower nation is somehow rotting from within.

The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium. … Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation, and empire…

The very survival of the nation will feel at stake.

Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II.

The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and efforts – in other words, a TOTAL WAR.”

So did the authors of the Fourth Turning really come to these startling conclusions solely from looking at historical patterns? To answer that question, let’s have a quick look at their backgrounds…

William Strauss (now deceased) was educated at Harvard and went on to work for the US government and for Senator Charles Percy, a Rockefeller Republican.

Neil Howe was educated at Berkeley and Yale and went on to work in Washington, DC for the infamous Blackstone Group (a bankster financial institution). He also became a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Jesuit institution affiliated with Georgetown University. Among CSIS’ trustees are two names you should find familiar: Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger.

So both authors had/have a US government background, and Howe is connected to a Jesuit think tank associated with Henry Kissinger, one of the chief architects of theRockefellers’ New World Order implementation plan.

pazmaker's picture

This should be the headline on every single newspaper in america. It should be the front line storpy on every news website cnn foxnews etc etc etc


It should be the talk and focus of all journalism right now.

zimboe's picture

"It should be the front line storpy"...


That's one a them imaginary Australian animals they prank the tourists with, like nunbats or koalas, right?

"Yah gotta watch out for them storpies, mate. They'll bite your sodding head off. Just wear your underwear on your hat and you'll be fine. The nunbats though will just beat the shit outta ya."


FreeEarCandy's picture

"The pentagon was careless". Nevertheless, "No reasonable prosecutor would charge the pentagon with a crime". "The pentagon has suffered enough".

Anyone interested in a tax break!!!!  How about a little less regulations for those corporations and wall street?  How about a little Obama Care lite ? How about a wall? How about a militarized police force!! How about we go after all those bums smoking weed? How about we modify the civil forfeiture act? How about we raise the debt ceiling? How about we move the American embassy to Jerusalem?  How about a nuke war? 


How about a little locker room talk? How about everyone grab your pom poms and cheer "Make America Great Again" at a rally, while I grab your pussy and stick my big American dick up you complacent ass!!!

How about everyone just shut the fuck up, because until you all start to organize and take matters into your own hands, you are all a bunch of sore pussies and assholes begging for more. Trump is not Jesus and God only helps those that help themselves. 

Remember all you cupcakes! Taxes are due April 15th, or else your ass will feel like the trump train passed through your tunnel.

Bopper09's picture

Well at least they told us where that 2 trillion went, that dissapeared in 2001.

Oh, wait.  No.

Juliette's picture

What else to expect from islamo-cock-sucking Murricans?

nevertheless's picture

The only thing that can save America is a coalition of Russians, Iranians and Syrians, against Latinos, antifa, treasonous Americans (most politicians, including Clinton and Trump) and Zionists, with idiot white America in the middle. 

AurorusBorealus's picture

The question, to any reasonable person, is not "will the Murcans do something about their terrorist government."  We all know that they will not.  There will be no protests, no speaking out against the tyrant-state.  Instead, they will sit in their basements "prepping," blame the Jews, and ignore all the atrocities for which they are responsible.  The real question is "how long until the Europeans realize that the no-go zone rebels in their midst are being armed by their good friends in the U.S.?"  How long will NATO last?  Not much longer.

FreeEarCandy's picture

You stupid ass. You come in here acting like your free from tyranny or something. You are a worm with no spine like all the rest. You are so delusional you have lost track of where your head is and have started to talk out of your mud tunnel. Go back into the hole in the ground where you came from before a bird of prey makes a meal out of you. All around the world a bunch of spineless morons taking it up the ass.

AurorusBorealus's picture

I feel sorry for you.  Such personal vitriol.  The question is quite legitimate.  How long before Europeans realize that the U.S. is arming Muslim terrorists?  Does the U.S. population wish to lose its European allies?  That is the inevitable consquence of these actions on the part of the U.S. government.  The people in the U.S. obviously do not care.  If they did, they would speak out.  Instead, they support mohr war candidates... more money for the military... more... more... more.  Did Trump not run on a campaign for more military?  Am I delusional?  I do not think so.

FreeEarCandy's picture

You are one stupid MF. The EU and the US walk hand in hand. They call themselves NATO. I don't know where the fuck you are from, but I guarantee that you are a spineless worm, and by the sounds of it, you dearly like playing your governments skin flute and enjoy swallowing the shit they put into your mouth. You have the brains of a blade of grass and can't even hear the sound of the lawn mower. Oh! your pity and sorrow for me is so heart warming. Grab a tissue on me. 

Jack Oliver's picture

The only 'surprise' is that this information has been disclosed !

The Syrian 'opposition' is the Zio/US/KSA funded and trained ISIS !!

Every time ISIS 'claims responsibility' - well - it is actually the axis of evil mentioned above !!

FUCKING 'sickos' - the game is almost up !!

The evidence Russia must have against them - would be mind blowing !

Grandad Grumps's picture

Where would the US economy be without illicit arms deals, governmental graft and corruption, make-work TSA agents, Wall Street fraud and the CIA run drug trade????

General Fuster Cluck's picture

Paperwork is an essential part of any military operation. We have McMaster in the Whitehouse to ensure that Trump does not mess up any of the Whitehouse paperwork.

Sudden Debt's picture

The rest of the world already knew this.

If people get killed somewhere in the world, the Americans had something to do with it.

Joiningupthedots's picture

Recycled Hill Billy's.

They just cant help themselves.

They wonder how Putin, Lavrov, Shoigu etc run them dizzy?

You couldnt make this shit up.

zimboe's picture

The politically correct term is "Hill Williams", thank you very much.

Mr T's picture

If it has been written that President Trump ended this program.

I guess USA just transferred it to the dod 

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.

Soviet?  We are paying billions for Soviet weapons. 

This smells very gefeltifishy 

Obama curse his putrid name also did this, plus all the Libya arms and missiles. 

The World is awash in lethal weaponry USA provides to every willing John.  But American citizens must be restricted regulated prevent from owning with they knowing.

Trump will have plenty to atone for .

Manipuflation's picture

Let's go get liquored up in central Canada and talk like experts.  I will buy the first case of whiskey.

CEOoftheSOFA's picture

The US federal government has gone rouge.  It started in 1861 and continues to today.

Arrow4Truth's picture

OCCRP & BIRN reports... I'm sure the DOJ will get right on that. 

NumbersUsa's picture

Dual citizen jew supremacist neo-cons have full control of our government. 

All one has to do is look at how ALL of our politicians including the current President must bow and lick the boots of AIPAC !!

Who received the most (by far) standing ovations in Congress in the past fifty years- Yes you guessed it- Bibzi Natenjewwho 

Its incredible that the dumb goyim Americans allow this to keep happening.

When they fully shut down your speech and begin to put you in jail because you question their agenda- its over. Germany and many other european nations are already there. You stupid Americans are allowing it to be forced upon you even as we speak. 


Heroic Couplet's picture

We already knew this was going on. Our military has to have someone who ensures they keep chasing their own tails.

zimboe's picture



They should hang these bastards and then throw the noose in jail.

sparklinggrapes's picture

I say this kind of tongue in cheek but most of you will get it....If you can't trust the Pentagon who can you trust?

Part of Obama's goal in "transforming" America was tearing down the Pentagon.  And I'd have to say he succeeded about 80% of the way. All the transgender and homosexual's the military for pete's sake!  It's not liberal socialogy 101!  It's not Trial by Error.  It's not a California social experiment!  It's the freaking military!

The Pentagon has a long long way to go to get back to the normal "regular" lying government agency it used to be. They simply went off the tracks with the kenyon as the commander-in-chief.

Ms No's picture

This was a great article. 

Too bad the thread was hijacked by some holier than thou commenter who felt the need to accuse people of being Nazis.  They do that when really good articles come up.  Then they talk about how great the Hedge was when it was only people like them, allegedly nobody ever accused Zionists of anything and everybody believed the official story of Sept 11.

Our government and Israel fund terrorism and likely have been our entire lives.  It's a pretty big deal.  Can your children survive in the world they are trying to forge through terrorism?  You probably better figure that out.  Do you have so little heart and such low IQ that a little Alinsky name calling can prevent you from protecting your children's future and the future of the world?  Somebody is betting that is the case. 


Faeriedust's picture

Having been virtually raised inside the Pentagon, I'll keel over from shock on the day that DOD is NOT running arms under falsified documents to some brush war or other.  Gracious Goddess, boys, military brats learn how to counterfeit basic papers like these before they graduate elementary school.  Trust me, it's much harder to fool a base school adminstrator with a fake parental note than it is to pass dubious papers authorizing the sale of something someone wants to pay lots of money for to someone who wants said money.

Wild E Coyote's picture

I am quite sure, nobody will say it, So, Let me say it then. Thanks President Trump.

If it was any other, this matter would not have come to surface. 

Trump cancelled the weapons supply program to Syrian rebels. His action speaks louder than all the other media reports about Trump seeking wars, including his own words in tweets. 

onmail1's picture

The zewish owned white USA

has become a semetic gas chamber of death

killing & destroying millions

making ppl homeless

around the world

AMERICA is the war criminal

and criminal must be punished

Joiningupthedots's picture

The Syrian civil war at the strategic level is over. Only low level cleaning up remains.

There will be no Kurdistan or anything else only the original Sykes-Picott Syria.

There will be no Greater Israel

There will be no American controlled gas lines to Europe.

There will only be a secular Syria....nothing else.

If America wants to challenge that it must be prepared for direct military confrontation and eventual nuclear war witn Russia for in the zero sum game that is the fate what awaits it for it has been told in no uncertain terms by Russia that if it attacks and kills Russians then its forces will be dealt with by "dignity and proportionality" Serge Lavrov.

Remember that declaration? It means direct hot war for the village idiots who dont understand realpolitik.

Isreal in the grand scheme of things matters not a jot. It is nothing more than a Rosemary's Baby breast fed by the Washington Khazars.