Bombshell Report Catches Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork For Weapons Transfers To Syrian Rebels

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.


1033eruth Swampster (not verified) Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:37 Permalink

You sons of bitches.  So your agenda is to drive all non-Nazi readers elsewhere thereby depriving ZH of readership and credibility.  That's what happens because ZH does not clean up its own posting boards.  If Breitbart allowed the same thing on their own comment section then they wouldn't have the viewer/readership that they do.  Jew this and Jew that.  Everything is due to the boogeyman Jew.  Don't like something that's happening, its because the Jew did it.  You even say that Islam is backed by the Jews and that all terrorist activity is because the Jews are financing it.  ABSOLUTELY, PURE INSANITY which of course is why there aren't or (few) credible commenters left on ZH.  Mostly the paid permanent, "Jew haters" which don't really hate Jews, they are here for only one reason and that's to destroy the credbibility of ZH as a news source.  Sort of like a reverse Huffington Post, where everything bad is due to Trump.  FUCK YOU SCUMBAGS - You utterly disgusting.  I'll add proof to how this site has been converted to a garbage site, watch all the paid Jew haters give the thumbs down on this and there are a LOOOOOT of them.  Probably do, double duty with the get paid $7000 a month in your part time postings here as well and maybe the global warming scammer on every thread.  

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Mr. Universe Major Key Tonality Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:16 Permalink

Gee, I'm not a paid troll, nor a scumbag. I don't hate Jews, I hate Satanic assholes who follow the demonic Talmud. There is no reasoning with the likes of you, because you are most likely a paid shill for the Zionist world order. Playing the victim is what they do best as they control the narrative. Ignorance is not bliss, but why confuse the issue with the historical facts of centuries of Zionist fuckwadery. Oh, you don't believe in Satan? Well, he believes in you.

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Yog Soggoth auricle Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:05 Permalink

Jewish as a religion is inaccurate because it is a made up word begat from a mistranslation. Pharisaic, Rabbinic, or Talmudic would be more a closer translation. Jewish is akin to calling a Native American an Indian. It has been a very recent adoption. Common lies are that they were followers of Judah, or Jude, when in fact this sect of extremists were subjects to Babylon while in exile in Judea (a Babylonian province), and were wont to disguise themselves as Judeans. There is disagreement by scholars as to whether these people brought worship of Molech from Egypt or were taught the ways by the Canaanites.

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Ms No 1033eruth Wed, 09/13/2017 - 20:24 Permalink

We certainly mustn't point our finger where all the evidence leads because then we could be discredited by our occupied media and occupied government.  Then we could be labeled Nazi and destroyed for not falling in line.  It's much better that we just go the way off Huffpo, get on our knees and never mention who is responsible.   Nice try.You obviously don't like where the evidence leads or you would make the case for those whom you believe responsible, rather, you will call people Nazi and troll, just like all the Marxist MSM.  You should really try to get a job with them. 

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Eyes Opened Major Key Tonality Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:41 Permalink

So what you are saying is anyone with less than half a dozen years under their belt is a troll ??? Fuck off !!I knew NOTHING until I started lurking here a cupla years ago & only recently signed up. Plenty of ZH veterans talked about jews/zionists & their methods of control. U call others names yet u are unwilling or unable to refute the charges...I am willing to keep an open mind as well as open eyes & I can tell trollery when I see it..  u see trolls at every turn... paranoid ??

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Gorgeous besnook Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:19 Permalink

While national zionists are a major ME problem, it's what Henry Ford called the IJ that is the global problem.  These are the guys that control international banks, central banks, treasury departments, global media, entertainment, the UN, etc. These are the king makers....and they can care less about the little strip of land in the ME and the mostly good people that live there.

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HRClinton 1033eruth Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:06 Permalink

They are not informed enough or are too primitive to care, to stop blaming all "Jews".Be patient snd hopefully they will learn to be more precise and accurate with their words and labels. If we are to focus on the REAL CULPRITS, then the following labels are much more accurate, as well as politically and (hopefully) socially acceptable:Ashkenazi Oligarchs, Globalists/Global-Lusts, Neocons, Neolibs, Rothschild-controlled Banksters, International Zionists, Oded Yinon Likudniks, Fake Semites, Babylonian Talmudists, Latter Day Pharisees, Bolshevik Descendants, Kosher Nostra criminals, etc.All these sub groups of organized parasites, thieves and criminals have simply wrapped themselves in the cloak of Judaism, and fly the Flag Of Convenience that is the ultimate Pirates Liar: Israel. p.s. ZH would itself, its readership and market share a great service, by forcing bloggers to use the above terms, rather than the inadequate and regressive umbrella term for lazy people: Jews. Something for the Tylers to chew on.

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chondram 1033eruth Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:31 Permalink

Agree. Tired of everything being the Jew (which comes directly from Satan himself), while watching Islam, deocrats, repukes who are non-Jew; kill murder, destroy all on their own free will, but it's still the bad Jew out there somewhere. Behind a tree, under a's a Jew and he must be killed (Koran).Have seen so may reports using the: 6 degress of Kevin Bacon method, tying the Jews in while unretouched photo/video/audio evidence will point the opposite directions, yet it's still the clever Jew always outsmarting everyone. Facts don't matter, they will be twisted into fitting ones narraitive. 

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