Germany Launches Probe After Pentagon's Syrian Arms Smuggling Story Goes Viral

Tyler Durden's picture

The German government has opened a probe into an illegal Pentagon arms trafficking operation after a bombshell investigative report on the secret program went viral this week.

On Wednesday we reported on the continuing Pentagon arms pipeline to Syria which runs through Europe, the Balkans, and Caucuses, and which is based on a shady network of private contractors and altered US government paperwork. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence and internal memos proving that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of (mostly old Soviet) weapons from private dealers to US-backed Syrian militants, but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates in order to conceal the ultimate destinations of the weaponry (in this case Syria).

The new investigation also confirms Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva's prior findings, which exposed the role of Azerbaijan-operated Silk Way Airlines in the weapons airlifts. Though independent journalists and regional monitoring groups have been digging into the Pentagon arms shipments throughout the summer, mainstream European and American press were reluctant to cover the story, even as a steady flow of incontrovertible proof emerged online in the form of documents, photos, and videos of mysterious cargo planes being loaded with weapons. Over the past two weeks WikiLeaks has also highlighted the emerging details of a developing story which saw at least one journalist come under scrutiny by European security officials.

After a week of the story picking up momentum, it appears we may finally be seeing the beginnings of public and governmental investigations forming as European governments perhaps reluctantly take stock of Pentagon arms pipelines in their territories now coming under public attention and outrage. As Stripes reports, Germany announced a new legal inquiry early Friday:

The German prosecutor’s office in Kaiserslautern said Friday it is looking into a report that the Pentagon used Ramstein Air Base to transport weapons covertly to rebel fighters in Syria — an allegation, that if true, might have broken German law.


...The weapons transfer through Ramstein would have required permission from the German government, the report stated.


Officials with Germany’s Economic Affairs Ministry told Stars and Stripes that the ministry did not give the U.S. military permission to transport weapons to Syria through the country. They denied having any knowledge of such activities.

Part of the OCCRP and BIRN investigation spotlighted Ramstein as one of the many key transport hubs used in the Syria weapons trafficking program. The arms monitoring groups jointly published a side report on the Pentagon's questionable activities at the German US installation as part of its broader findings on Tuesday.

That report included a newly unearthed internal email authored by the Pentagon’s US Special Operations Command Mission (SOCOM) instructing its partnering contractors to, as BIRN summarizes, "stop trucking Soviet-style weapons from the Balkans through Germany" because "officials in Berlin became concerned about the deliveries."

The closing line of the SOCOM email explicitly acknowledges that, "Germany has become very sensitive to these requests."

SOCOM email published by BIRN's Balkan Insight on Tuesday: 
"Germany has become very sensitive to these requests."

BIRN questioned the German government over the findings this week and immediately caught German officials lying about their knowledge of the Pentagon weapons transfers. According to the BIRN/OCCRP summary of the exchange:

The German government earlier declined to comment on the nature of its “sensitivities”, and at a press conference on Thursday, continued to insist it has no knowledge of the movement of weapons to Syria.


German laws, however, dictate that licences to transport weapons must be accompanied by end user certificates which states the final destination of the shipment and who will be using the equipment.


According to the German government, no such licence has been issued for deliveries to Syria or neighbouring countries since 2010.


This claims jars with a report in the Serbian press in December 2015, revealing that a number of US air force C-17 cargo planes had delivered Serbian weapons to the Ramstein airbase.


The report was backed up by one of SOCOM’s most important contractors on its Syrian contract, Global Ordnance, which shared the story on Facebook adding: “Glad Global Ordnance could contribute to support our military!”

Both leaked and public documents confirm Serbia to be another key logistical hub in the Syria weapons transport program. Multiple weapons end-user certificates were proven to be falsified or altered by the Pentagon, which is likely exactly what the newly announced German probe will look into. One of the weapons trafficking investigators told Foreign Policy this week that, “The Pentagon is removing any evidence in their procurement records that weapons are actually going to the Syrian opposition.”

Yet it appears that some of the very contracting companies and individuals involved in the shadowy scheme have over the years taken to Facebook and other social media platforms to brag about their role in the program and huge profits that resulted. BIRN's Balkan Insight has just today published a trove of photographs and postings it culled from social media which connect various arms dealers - some of them with known links to organized crime - to the Pentagon weapons program.

Arms dealer and Pentagon contractor for the Syria covert program, Marc Morales, uploaded photos on January 29, 2015 from the Zastava factory, Kragujevac, Serbia. He openly bragged about the contracts he procured: 'Another day in the office,' he wrote.

As the latest BIRN report notes, what is depicted in the Hollywood film War Dogs is sadly not at all a thing of the past or mere of recent history, but is current and ongoing. And unlike in the movies, real people - specifically Syrians and Iraqis - are dying as a result. But with the new German government probe just announced which was surely the result the story going viral this week, there is perhaps some hope that public outrage could continue to shine a light on such disgusting US government criminality.

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ET's picture

Bryan Seidel forgot to mark his email FOUO and encrypt it.

Shame shame.


Security clearance yanked.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Crazy me.  I thought it was illegal to support terrorists

ET's picture

I am surprised that that kind of email would be sent unencrypted.

State and Defense do not take security too seriously.

In any war with a near-peer power, the US will be thoroughly embarassed.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


In the immortal words of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, "What difference does it make?"

And Germany is launching a probe? 

Per Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, "Fuck the EU!"

Jim in MN's picture

Lawlessness starts at the top....but it never ends there.

It is time. 

AtATrESICI's picture

There are tons (65 gbs) many of them are damning docs at the link below regarding arms smuggling to nice muslim children. Lord only knows what was being transported out of the war torn shit holes. I say dope but what do I know. I don't want to shock you guys but this has been going on for quite some time, per the docs. Everyone knows the .gov and cabal members would never sow conflict for a payday. As for laws those are for the little people.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Soros will call Mutti shortly.
S: "Biatch, STFU and make nice, alles klar?!"
M: "Ja-ja,ganz klar mein Führer!"

The Alarmist's picture

So remind me again, who is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism? Do I need to get out my foam-finger and chant "We're number one" or is it still the KSA?

TahoeBilly2012's picture

But only Hitler was real evil and all this is really just a "humanitarian mission".

Déjà view's picture

Vassal state gov't Germany...taken to heart...STFU...
As leader of E.U. keep supporting Washington/Tel Aviv foreign policy criminal activities...any wonder why E.U. lacks a coordinated foreign policy.
Might as well break up E.U. as this works against further integration.

Chupacabra-322's picture


No shit Sherlock? Tell me something I don't know. It's why my catch phrase works so well with the average Slave.

"Arming, funding & training Terror Organizations since the days of the Mujahaideen."

Gives the Slaves a little history while simultaneously informing them that yes.

The Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the Pentagram / CIA / State Dept. all directly or indirectly, (Indirectly works best as to use the Plausible Deniability defense) arm, fund, & train Alqueda / Al CIA duh / ISIS / I CIS SIS terror organizations all along.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Jim,

"Tyrannical Lawlessness starts at top..."

@ Hedgeless,

I believe the exact quote is:

"What difference, at this point, does it make?"
-Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath at Large Hillary Rodham Clinton.

BENGAZI, arming, funding & training Terror Organizations since the days of the Mujahaideen.

AtATrESICI's picture

There are teams of deeps state shitheads working around the clock investigating ways to crush this story. What I mean is MSM will paper over this jackpot with 0s and 1s... Everyone knows the CIA and friends are doing this shit and no one gives a fuck (cannot do shit about it). So???

Chupacabra-322's picture

When they finally decide to activate the Engineered Collapse.

Forget the District of Criminals DC.

Ground Zero is Langley.

Elimination of it.

ljag's picture

Didn't I hear somewhere that CIA moved to Denver and are in the process of taking Langley apart.?

STP's picture

Right there, underneath the creepy airport, that's a likely spot, for sure. 

World Cash Day's picture

Trump must be impeached and prosecuted for this and also Obama must be prosecuted as well.

Trump & Obama have clearly been involved in high crimes and misdemeanours with this program.


911bodysnatchers322's picture

And McCain AND Lindsey Graham...look into purple shovel, ARSENAL, safe cage, skybridge tactical, all these are related to this story and those arms being shipped via silkway

veritas semper vinces's picture

Do you think this may be part of the asymmetrical response of the Russians to the American multiple attacks?

Multiple Russian Officials said they were waiting for an explanation from The Don for the heliborne operations to save ISIS leaders from Deir Ezzor.

Today,one of the high ranks of the Islamic  Revolutionary Guard Corps,Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, announced that theyve penetrated US command in Syria and Iraq and   that the whole world will witness a great scandal if that information is revealed.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

Yeah, that.

I'm shocked they even bothered to forge the docs in the first place.

Gerb00's picture

Support hell, they create them, how the fuck else are they gonna geet rid of all those russian weapons?

algol_dog's picture

Your tax dollars at work people ....

Truthoutthere's picture

It isn't if they're your own.Cue another terrorist attack in Germany.Those naughty Germans and their investigations.

Blue Steel 309's picture

It is also illegal for Congress to delegate legislative powers (AKA regulation) to Executive agencies and it is also illegal to deny people their 4th, 5th and 6th amendment rights, but that is not stopping the feds, is it?

Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

I guess this means that I don't have to pay any federal taxes, as that would be in violation of multiple laws involving financing terrorism; directly and indirectly.

boattrash's picture


I dunno about that, but supporting some good ol' ranchers in the USA will earn you the title of "Un-Indicted Co-Conspirator".

Itinerant's picture

Actually, no. Congressman Tulsi Gabbard introduced a proposed law to make it illegal for the US government to support officially designated terrorist groups last summer. 13 of 660 congressmen voted in favor.

Mr Twitch's picture

Since USA terrorist proxy war is all but over, russian (r)ounds will decrease in price maybe...?

US (taxpayers were probly paying .89 ea.


junction's picture

Russian arms dealer Victor Bout in serving a 25 year prison sentence in Marion federal penitentiary and he was just a middle man, he didn't empty U.S. arsenals and ship the weapons to destroy Syria.  Arrest Obama!

MaxThrust's picture

Victor Bout is in prison because he is not a retired US military General who normally run these operations.

Being Russian just makes it worse.

pynky01's picture

So a foreign correspondent female variety outsmarted every intel agency on the planet...the reason being, no one else was looking... yeah that's right they do it in our face...most Americans are not bright enough to see it... and our marxist media is busy telling us what to think... so theres that ... typical joo strategy since the beginning of time:  finance both sides... I am amazed at how dumbed down America has become... marxist have done their job well and I can see how easy it was for them to scrub our brains so to speak.. beyond brainwashing this is powdered and perfumed...THE WAR IS OVER and the GOOD GUYS LOST...DH

Ms No's picture

America is so dumbed down that it defies description.  They will believe anything but so will Europe and Canada.  Anytime I talk about an issue such as this one with a Canadian or European they immediately blame the US government.  Their governments are good and full blown Marxist but ours are evil because they are too Capitalist.  Its so stupid.  They literally love their governments and believe that all ills come out of the US government which is nothing but a damn puppet same as all of theirs.  They are drowning in Muslim ass rapers and pissed that can't disarm the citizens of the entire world.  You can forget about the banks and who owns that.  They'll never make it that far.  The fuckers here are too busy freaking out over carbon dioxide and imaginary Zika disease, while facilitating a Bolshevik invasion from the third world, while employment and income are in the toilet.  Seriously, bring the meteor.

This CIA leak could be a bunch of BS too.  We already know all of this except maybe some of the exact numbers but he even says he doesn't know that for sure.  It could be another misdirection. 


halcyon's picture

No worries.

The German authorities will find it was was all a mistake or a Russian job. Just like lap poodles do.

Problem solved.

Deep state always wins. They have more money than god.


greenskeeper carl's picture

Oh get the fuck out of here, Merkel. You expect anyone to believe your government didn't know EXACTLY whats been going on? Its all news to you, right? Like Obama finding out everything from reading about in the NYT?

Jim in MN's picture

Hey, come on. If Merkel so much as mentioned her knowledge of CIA arms trafficking in violation of German law, she'd have been recorded on the US surveillance of her cell phone and other communications.

What's an old Stasi girl to do?  Be treasonab--er, I mean, reasonable.  Yeah that's it, reasonable.

TBT or not TBT's picture

We are giving a shit that the U.S. violated German law?    Who cares?

veritas semper vinces's picture

Ramstein airbase is one of the NATO bases for heroin trafficking from Afghanistan. With NATO base Pristina in Kosovo.

I bet Merkel doesn't know about this either

bytebank's picture

If the Russians had not made the weapons in the first place the Pentagon could not have smuggled them. Damn those Russians are sneaky. /sarc

Normalcy Bias's picture

C'mon man, it's obvious that Putin himself hacked and altered those End User Certificates!

desertboy's picture

guns don't kill people  -  russians, russians kill people.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ by,

That's some "Plausible Deniability" right there.

Well done.

buzzsaw99's picture

people work for the cia and then get retired with a bullet and i'm like, meh.

WTFUD's picture

Yeah , that's why the CIA's pension is so well funded! LoL

Ms No's picture

Yeah, they put an anonymous star on the wall in Langley and nobody gives a shit.  Some are rejoicing that another agent that helped to murder and steal freedom from whole nations is dead.  These country is full of naïve idiots that worship those people too, watched to much spy Hollywood garbage lionizing the monsters.  I think a few people in this country should probably see what torture of innocent patriots looks like.  That is exactly the type of thing they do too.  At this rate they might just find out.


Chupacabra-322's picture

To state the obvious; the CIA has deeply humiliated the American people in their attempt to tie the American people to be responsible for the CIA's crimes against humanity across the world.

The CIA appears to be the world's greatest threat to peace and prosperity. It is the penultimate terrorist organization, being the direct or indirect creator of all other terrorist organizations. It also appears to be the world's penultimate illegal drug smuggler and pusher making all other illegal drug trading possible and instigating the horrors of addiction and suffering around the world.

If I believed that the CIA was working in any way on behalf of the US government and the American people then it would be sad and shameful indeed. However, it is my belief that the CIA instead was captured long ago, as was the secret military operations and now works for a hidden power that wants to dominate or failing that, destroy humanity.

It's those Select Highly Compartmentalized Criminal Pure Evil Rogue Elements at the Deep State Top that have had control since the JFK Execution that have entrenched themselves for decades & refuse to relinquish Control.

The Agency is Cancer. There should be no question about the CIA's future in the US.

Dissolved & dishonored. Its members locked away or punished for Treason. Their reputation is so bad and has been for so long, that the fact that you joined them should be enough to justify arrest and Execution for Treason, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.

And yet, there is something positive in this. By experiencing and knowing evil, we can choose the path of light or choose to ignore both dark amd light. It is a choice we all must make if we intend to evolve from being animals ruled by this world and its illusions.

WTFUD's picture

So the German SS and its Bigger Brothers NSA & GCHQ forgot to send the memo to the German Government!

ScratInTheHat's picture

Nope! There is an election coming up!

WTFUD's picture

Yes i know bruv, the tried and tested pre-election, get tough on Vichy DC, distance yourself, always works a treat to wheedle out the undecideds. Absolutely Deplorable old-boy! lol.

Think the sheared will fall for it again?