September 14, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter –
The Pentagon has been buying weapons for the Syrian rebels from Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Georgia. This is stated in the investigation of the Center for the Study of Corruption and Organized Crime (OCCRP) and the Balkan Association of Investigative Journalists (BIRN).
“The Pentagon hired an entire army of contractors and subcontractors, from rich military industrial corporations to firms with links to organized crime, and with their help shipped weaons to the Syrian rebels, who had long been at war with the Islamic state (prohibited in the Russian Federation), weapons and ammunition of the Soviet model worth $ 2.2 billion,” the investigation alleges.
As the journalists found out, the Balkan and East European arms manufacturers, who are already working at full capacity to supply the Syrian war, are not able to meet demand. Therefore, the US Department of Defense turned to other suppliers from Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine, while reducing the requirements for production standards
The chain of arms supplies was separate from the already closed CIA program for arming rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad ..
According to the investigation, the Pentagon purchases weapons through two channels: through the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which manages special operations in all types of the US armed forces, and through Picatinny Arsenal, a military research and production organization in the state of New Jersey.
The weapons are transported from Europe to Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait both by sea and by air. Then they are distributed on airplanes or trucks between US allies in the north and south of Syria.
According to the thousands of procurement documents analyzed by the journalists of BIRN and OCCRP, through May 2017 (for later periods there are no data), SOCOM purchased arms and ammunition from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Poland and Romania. the total amount of $ 238.5 million.
In general, according to the estimates of the researchers, the Pentagon intends to spend $ 2.2 billion on its Syrian allies.
Recall that Ukraine itself regularly appeals to the United States with requests for a lethal weapons. August 24, the US approved the supply of military equipment for Ukraine at $ 175 million. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis also promised to expand cooperation with Ukraine in the field of defense.
We also note that Ukraine has received obsolete armaments, including Soviet ones, from Lithuania. In 2015-2016, Ukraine received 150 tons of military equipment, including machine guns from Lithuania. This was stated in April by the Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Caroblis.
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