The U.S. Department of defense purchased arms from the Soviet model from Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine to the Syrian rebels. This is stated in the published results of many months of investigation of the Center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP) and of the Balkan Association of investigative journalists (BIRN).
For these purchases, allegedly, the US has reduced the requirements to industrial standards.Weapons intended for Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic state terrorists.
“The Pentagon has hired an army of contractors and subcontractors, from the rich military-industrial corporations to firms with ties to organized crime,” – said in the investigation.
The supply chain of weapons to Syria has been recreated with the help of the documentation on procurement, data tracking systems for ships, official reports, emails and interviews with insiders.
Supplies are reported to be implemented separately from the already closed the CIA program of arming the rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
According to the results of the investigation, the Pentagon buys weapons through two channels: through the special operations Command, which controls operations in all branches of the armed forces of the United States, and through Picatinny Arsenal military research and manufacturing organization in the state of new Jersey. Weapons smuggled from Europe to Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait, both by sea and by air. Then use planes or trucks, it is distributed among US allies in the North and the South of Syria.
According to the organizations, the purchase of arms of the Soviet model began in September 2015 with the ex-US President Barack Obama. In General, these weapons and ammunition, the United States spent $2.2 billion.
The Pentagon so the unprecedented scale of the purchase was explained by the fact that the pace of supply “increased” and that “the minimum necessary to accomplish urgent tasks.”
Reference: center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP) has previously worked on such projects as the Panama archive (Panama Papers), and published information on the financial operations of PrivatBank before nationalization.