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

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.

Comments

ET (not verified) Fri, 09/15/2017 - 21:09 Permalink

Bryan Seidel forgot to mark his email FOUO and encrypt it.Shame shame. Security clearance yanked.

AtATrESICI Jim in MN Fri, 09/15/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

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.

https://www.truthleaks.org/news/356-the-dilyana-files-part-3-anonymous-…

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Chupacabra-322 AtATrESICI Sat, 09/16/2017 - 07:47 Permalink

@ AtATrESICI,

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.

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Chupacabra-322 Jim in MN Sat, 09/16/2017 - 07:32 Permalink

@ 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.

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veritas semper… hedgeless_horseman Fri, 09/15/2017 - 23:02 Permalink

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.https://southfront.org/iranian-irgc-penetrated-us-command-in-syria-and-…

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pynky01 ET (not verified) Fri, 09/15/2017 - 23:34 Permalink

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

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Ms No pynky01 Fri, 09/15/2017 - 23:50 Permalink

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.  

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greenskeeper carl Fri, 09/15/2017 - 21:06 Permalink

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?

bytebank Fri, 09/15/2017 - 21:08 Permalink

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

Ms No buzzsaw99 Fri, 09/15/2017 - 23:55 Permalink

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. 

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Chupacabra-322 Ms No Sat, 09/16/2017 - 08:05 Permalink

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.

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