Posted 8 December 2016 – The Guardian revealed that over $1 billion in arms has been shipped to Syria over the last four years from Eastern European countries.
Both sides in the on-going conflict are using the weapons, including AK-47s, mortar shells, rocket launchers, anti-tank weapons, and heavy machine guns.
A joint report from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project revealed how Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, Slovakia, Serbia, and Romania have been shipping the arms.
The escalation of the conflict in 2012 sealed agreements for $1.2 billion in weapons and ammunition to be sent to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey – all of which are prime markets for Syria and Yemen.
Photos and videos on social media have confirmed the presence of Eastern European arms and ammunition being used in Syria by Ansar al-Sham, Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS, and fighters for the Assad regime.
While the United Kingdom and its allies have been fighting to end the bloody conflict, these Eastern European war dogs are trying to make a quick profit. Despicable.
Read the full investigation at The Guardian.