13 September 2017   Leave a comment

Two non-governmental organizations, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), have released a report on how the US is funding and supplying weaponry to rebels in Syria and Iraq.  Foreign Policy has an article on how the US is spending up to $2 billion a year buying Soviet-era weapons from the Balkans and the Caucasus and funneling them into Syria and Iraq.  The arms pipeline is disguised through altered paperwork and through dealers of ill-repute leaving the region with a trove of weaponry that cannot be monitored or controlled.  Those weapons will haunt the region for years to come and have enriched and emboldened arms dealers who have a vested interest in continued violence.

 

 

Posted September 13, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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