The Real Syria Story No One Wants You to Know About

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The conflict in Syria and the flashpoint of Daraa, a town near the Syria-Jordan border where the CIA, working with the Muslim Brotherhood, attacked police and set the stage for a conflict that has so far claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Syrians. The proxy war is designed to take down a secular government and replace it with a Salafist principality controlled by the Brotherhood, a longtime CIA and British intelligence asset. ~ Notes HERE

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موسم الهجرة الى خليج البنغال الأميركيون يحشدون والسعوديون ينفّذون وكردستان حصان طروادة

سبتمبر 23, 2017

محمد صادق الحسيني

لعلّ من المفيد التذكير بأنّ للمذابح التي يتعرّض لها مسلمو الروهينغا في ميانمار بورما منذ أواسط شهر آب 2017 وحتى الآن هي مذابح مدبّرة من الولايات المتحدة وشركائها الآخرين في حلف الناتو وباستخدام عملائهم من أعراب شبه الجزيرة العربية وغيرها. وكذلك بالتآمر مع جهات أمنية وعسكرية معينة في دول إسلامية وغير إسلامية في آسيا.

كما أنّ من الضروري الإشارة إلى أنّ مشكلة المسلمين الروهينغا قد نشأت في بورما منذ بدء الاستعمار البريطاني لهذا البلد سنة 1824، اذ شرع البريطانيون في استجلاب المسلمين من الروهينغا واستخدامهم كعبيد لخدمة المصالح البريطانية في بورما، خاصة أنّ أكثر من حرب كانت قد اندلعت بين أهل البلاد الأصليين وقوات الاحتلال البريطاني، علماً أنّ سكان الروهينغا البورميين هم من قومية الروهينغا التي تعيش في ما يعرف اليوم بجمهورية بنغلادش، والتي كانت جزءاً من شبه القارة الهندية المستعمرة من بريطانيا العظمى.

ونظراً لكون هؤلاء المستجلبين عنوة كانوا من المسلمين في الوقت الذي تدين فيه أغلبية سكان بورما الأصليين بالبوذية، ومن خلال تغذية المستعمرين البريطانيين للخلافات بين أتباع الديانتين فقد تبلورت مشكلة الروهينغا في تلك البلاد منذ بدايات عصر الاستعمار. وقد حصلت مذابح عديدة متبادلة بين الطرفين والتي من أشهرها مذابح سنة 1946 عندما قتل عشرين ألف بوذي وأربعة آلاف مسلم خلال موجة من العنف الطائفي، وعلى مرأى من قوات الاحتلال البريطانية

التي لم تحرّك ساكناً لوقف تلك المذابح.

وهنا نودّ أن نؤكد على انّ الهدف من وراء إطلاق العنان لموجة المذابح الحاليّة على يد قوات السلطة المركزية البورمية القمعية العميلة، ليست سوى عمليات قتل مخطط لها من المخابرات المركزية الأميركية ودوائر حلف الناتو تمهيداً لخلق الظروف الملائمة لتدخل عسكري أميركي وغربي في إطار استكمال عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي ضدّ الجناح الآسيوي من الحلف المعادي للهيمنة الأحادية القطبية على العالم ، أيّ الحشد ضدّ الصين وروسيا وإيران.

وفي هذا الإطار فقد قامت تلك الدوائر، كما تؤكد مصادر رصدنا بالخطوات العملية التالية ضمن تنفيذ تلك الخطط:

أولاً: قامت غرفة العمليات الأميركية في بغداد، ومنذ بدء عملية تحرير مدينة الموصل، بإخلاء ألفين وستمئة وأربعة وثلاثين فرداً من عصابات داعش، وعلى دفعات إلى مناطق سيطرة قوات «الهاغاناه» الكردية، وهم القسم «الإسرائيلي» من قوات البيشمركة، ومن هناك إلى نقاط تجميع داخل قواعد القوات الكردية العاملة تحت النفوذ الأميركي.

ثانياً: بدأت غرفة العمليات الأميركية المشار اليها أعلاه، وهي مسؤولة عن إدارة العمليات في العراق وسورية معاً، ومنذ أن حرّر الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه مدينة السخنة، بإجلاء قيادات داعش اولاً ومن ثم عناصرها من مدينة دير الزُّور وأريافها من خلال مسارين:

الأول براً عبر الآليات العسكرية الموجودة بحوزة مسلحي داعش.

الثاني من خلال المروحيات الأميركية إلى قاعدة الرميلان في ريف الحسكة، ومن هناك إلى قواعد البيشمركة في كردستان العراق.

وقد بلغ مجموع من تمّ نقلهم إلى كردستان من سورية تسعمئة وستة وثمانون فرداً.

ثالثاً: تمّ حتى الآن نقل ألفين وثلاثمئة وستة عشر فرداً من فلول داعش، الذين تمّ تجميعهم في كردستان العراق، وعبر مطار أربيل، الى كلّ من ماليزيا وإندونيسيا وسنغافورة ليتمّ تسريبهم من هناك إلى ميانمار كي يتمّ ضمّهم الى ما يُسمّى جيش «أراكان» لإنقاذ الروهينغا والذي تديره غرفة عمليات سعودية مقرّها مكة المكرمة. وتضمّ هذه الغرفة عشرين قيادياً من قيادات مسلحي الروهينغا في ميانمار والذين يتزعّمهم المدعو حافظ طهار. وهو موجود داخل ميانمار في الوقت الراهن ويقود العمليات المسلحة ضدّ قوات الحكومة المركزية القمعية العميلة في بورما.

وعلى الرغم من الأرضية المتوفرة دائماً لنشوء الأزمات بين المسلمين والسلطات البورمية، فإنّ هذه الموجة هي موجة مبرمجة ويجري الإعداد لها منذ أن كان حافظ طهار في السعودية عام 2012. وقد تمّ وضع اللبنات الأولى، لما نراه حالياً من مذابح هناك، على يد بندر بن سلطان ومجموعة من ضباط المخابرات المركزية الأميركية في جدة. إذ إنّ قرار تشكيل جيش «أراكان» قد اتخذ آنذاك من قبل المذكورين أعلاه، في حين أنّ حافظ طهار قد توجه في الربع الأخير من العام الآنف الذكر إلى ميانمار عن طريق بنغلاديش.

رابعاً: وضمن الجهود الأميركية الرامية إلى تعزيز وجود القوى المرتبطة بداعش في ميانمار وبهدف تصعيد المواجهة العسكرية بين جيش أراكان والقوات الحكومية البورمية، فقط قامت غرفة العمليات الموجودة في مكة والمُشار اليها أعلاه بنقل ثلاثمئة وأربعة وتسعين فرداً، من المرتبطين مع داعش، من ماليزيا إلى داخل ميانمار وبالتعاون مع جهات أمنية معينة داخل الحكومه الماليزية.

علماً أنّ نائب رئيس شرطة مكافحة الإرهاب في ماليزيا، أيوب خان ميدين، يمتلك كافة التفاصيل المتعلقة بعمليات التسريب التي تتمّ من ماليزيا.

خامساً: أقيم معسكر أو نقطة تجميع لعناصر داعش، التي يتمّ إخلاؤها من العراق وسورية، في ضواحي مدينة كراتشي تحت إدارة سعودية باكستانية مشتركة الاستخبارات العسكرية . وتتمثل مهمة هذا المعسكر في تدريب القادمين وتأهيلهم للمهمات التي سيكلفون بها مستقبلاً في ميانمار. أيّ أنّ هذا المعسكر هو قاعدة إمداد خلفية لداعش في ميانمار.

سادساً: تمّ تكليف ثلاثة من قيادة جيش اراكان لإنقاذ الروهينغا، بالإضافة إلى أربعة ضباط استخبارات سعوديين، بالانتقال إلى كوالالمبور ماليزيا لتنسيق عمليات تسريب عناصر داعش إلى ميانمار عبر مسالك مختلفة، أهمّها يمرّ من جنوب شرق بنغلادش، حيث أقيمت غرفة عمليات سرية لجيش أراكان لإنقاذ الروهينغا في ضواحي مدينة كوكس بازار البنغالية.

سابعاً: تمّ اعتماد مطار أربيل كنقطة انطلاق لعناصر داعش كافة الذين يتمّ إخلاؤهم من جبهات القتال في سورية والعراق والذين يتمّ توزيعهم على نقاط الارتكاز في كلّ من باكستان، بنغلادش، ماليزيا والصومال.

كما تمّ تكليف السعودية بتمويل كافة العمليات اللوجستية المتعلقة بعمليات الإخلاء والنقل إلى نقاط قريبة من ميانمار. وقد تمّ تدشين غرفة عمليات سعودية أميركية، بمشاركة خمسة ضباط أمن أكراد، مقرّها أربيل لإدارة هذه العملية التي تتوقع مصادر أميركية متابعة استمرارها لسنوات عدة.

علماً انّ زيارة الوزير السعودي ثامر السبهان الأخيرة لمسعود البرزاني أواسط شهر أيلول الحالي في أربيل، قد تركزت فقط على ترتيبات عمليات نقل قوات داعش شرقاً لتوسيع رقعة الاشتباكات مع قوات الأمن البورمية، تمهيداً لزجّ مسلمي الصين في تلك العمليات العسكرية، بهدف إنشاء قاعدة انطلاق لعمليات داعش في الصين مشابهة لما كان عليه الوضع في قاطع حمص/ القصيْر الذي استخدم كقاعدة انطلاق باتجاه الغوطة الشرقية ووادي بردى، وكذلك باتجاه حمص – تدمر. أيّ لتوسيع دائرة الحرب وتفجير الأوضاع الداخلية في الصين من أجل تأمين ظروف أكثر ملاءمة لتصعيد عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي الأميركي ضدّ الصين وروسيا وإيران. وليس قرار إرسال ثلاثة آلاف جندي أميركي إلى أفغانستان أخيراً، إلا خطوة لتعزيز جهود العدوان الذي يجري الإعداد له من قبل الولايات المتحدة وشركائها في الناتو.

تجدر الإشارة إلى أنّ إقليم شينغيانغ المحاذي لمنطقة النزاع البورمي الروهينغي يعوم على احتياطي استراتيجي مهمّ من النفط والغاز واليورانيوم، كما أنه الإقليم الذي تمرّ عبره طريق الحرير الذي أطلقته الحكومة الصينية كمبادرة عالمية لتنمية التعاون مع آسيا المركزية والقوقاز وغرب آسيا. هذا كما يمرّ منه أحد أهمّ أنابيب النفط الصينية التي أحدثتها الحكومة الصينية هناك للالتفاف على خليج مالاقا والتهرّب من سنغافورة التي تسيطر عليها المظلة الأمنية الأميركية.

يبقى أنّ الكاوبوي الأبله الأميركي الذي يحاول محاكاة عمليات الحشد الاستراتيجي الحالية بعمليات الحشد ضدّ الاتحاد السوفياتي في مرحلة أفغانستان ثمانينيات القرن الماضي، انطلاقاً من ميانمار ضدّ الصين نسي انه اليوم هو مَن يغرق في مستنقع حروب سورية والعراق واليمن وأفغانستان وأنه هو الذي يخرج منها منكسراً ذليلاً وخائفاً يترقب نتائج حرب العلمين السورية العراقية وأسطورة الصبر الاستراتيجي اليمني، والصين التي يظنّها فريسة سهلة لهذا المخطط هي اليوم مَن يعتلي عرش العالم مع روسيا بفضل صمود وانتصارات محور المقاومة الصاعد إلى عرش السماء والذي نقل عملياً مركز ثقل العالم من الغرب إلى الشرق…!

وبالتالي، فإنّ الزمن ليس زمن الحرب الباردة مع السوفيات أبداً، وأنّ هذا المحور العظيم الذي بات ممتداً من موسكو إلى غزة ليس فقط لن يسمح لأمثال الكانكستر الأميركي الاقتراب من سور الصين العظيم ، بل وسيجعله قريباً وقريباً جداً يجثو على ركبتيه طالباً تأشيرة مرور على طريق الحرير الجديد الممتدّ من شانغهاي إلى بيروت بدمغة شامية.

بعدنا طيّبين، قولوا الله…

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The Lucy Stein Gang Rides Into Moscow

September 18, 2017

by Israel Shamir for the Unz Review

The Lucy Stein Gang Rides Into Moscow

Can the Putin Fans League win municipal elections in New York City? Not bloody likely, you’ll murmur, and probably justifiably so. However, in the municipal elections last week, pro-American forces captured one third of the seats in Moscow. A great shock, slightly mitigated by the media silence that accompanied both the election and its results.

As a rule, I do not dwell much on internal Russian politics (as opposed to foreign relations). They are parochial, obscure and not democratic. That is true for internal politics in every country I am aware of, but in Russia, they aren’t even competitive. Kremlin wiseguys try and fix the results with all the subtleness of Democratic primaries under Ms Debbie Wasserman Schultz. This time they had a seemingly brilliant idea: wouldn’t it be nice if few people would turn up at the election booths? Only those requested to vote? So they had zero publicity, zero announcements, zero TV coverage. People were vaguely aware of the municipal elections but the affair was so low profile that very few cared to attend: slightly over ten per cent of the electorate. The cynical subterfuge flopped badly.

In Moscow (which is the only place in Russia that counts) the three main opposition parties, the Communists and the Nationalists, as well as Kremlin-friendly Socialists, were been decimated. Their votes had been snatched by pro-Western liberals, self-described as “those of good genes”, “the fair-faced ones”, “handshake-worthy”; all these epithets vaguely connected in Russian mind with prosperous Jewishness, of sorts, or with Jewified Soviet nomenclature. The best-known names include Ms Lucy Stein, a young Jewish journalist of some notoriety – she installed plaster copies of her breasts and filmed a staged act of a little boy being roughly treated by Putin’s police. Another one is Mr Maxim Katz, a young Jewish activist – he organized the delivery of flowers to the place of the opposition leader Mr Nemtsov’s assassination, allegedly with some profit for himself.

These youngsters (in their early twenties) have been led by Mr Dmitry Gudkov, a Russian Parliament Member and a son of a Russian Parliament Member. This sounds like the House of Lords, but Gudkov the Senior is an ex-KGB colonel, an oligarch and the owner of a bailiff business, rather than a hereditary peer. Gudkov’s people made a loose coalition with Yabloko (Apple, in Russian), a liberal party of some prominence in the Yeltsin years. They are against Putin’s policies, for the restoration of the Crimea to the Ukraine and for an alliance with the liberal West.

While other parties didn’t give a hoot, the liberals cared to come to the neglected elections, and they delivered their voters to the booths. For that purpose, they imported American technology, and one of Sanders’ operatives, a Russian-born Mr Vitali Shklyarov, who had come to set up what they called “a political Uber”, a web app for fielding candidates and getting voters. In addition, they vastly overspent their competitors.

Democracy in action? Forsooth! This was a clear-cut example of real (as opposed to imaginary) interference in foreign elections. While endless FBI probes have never produced any tangible proof of Russian interference in the US elections, and the Facebook investigation “revealed that it had sold as much as $150,000 in political ads to pro-Kremlin entities between 2015 and 2017”, the US interference in recent Moscow elections had been vast, powerful and effective. The pro-American forces spent over sixty million dollar in Moscow alone by very conservative estimates, and probably much more. And the funds came from abroad.

The very idea of Russian interference in the US elections had been flattering but silly. The Russians are not in the same league, in speaking of political technologies. The Americans are much more masterful, being trained in a competitive environment. The Russians’ only chance to have fair elections is adopting another American technology, namely the active fight against foreign interference. The Kremlin could and should investigate the path of every US buck to the Stein-Katz Gang, and deal with it as harshly as Americans are dealing with imaginary Russian interference. But would they? I doubt it. The wiseguys who mismanaged elections for Kremlin will do all they can to kill the story. No important Russian media carried it, by direct orders from Kremlin.

We have proof to back up our claims of the US interference in the Russian elections: a confession made by the coordinator for Open Russia, a political body created by Mr Michael Khodorkovsky. This oligarch, once the richest man in Russia, did nine years in a Russian jail for massive tax evasion, white-collar crimes, organized crime and conspiracy for murder, as brutal and ruthless a shark as ever swam murky waters of Russian business and politics.

Mr Khodorkovsky had been an American agent of influence for many years. Since being pardoned by President Putin, he moved abroad and became the focal point for the US-led clandestine campaign for regime change in Russia. Together with other exiled (and wanted) oligarchs, Tel Aviv-based Mr Nevzlinand London-based Mr Chichvarkin, Mr Khodorkovsky funnels money to Russia’s pro-Western opposition.

His coordinator Ms Maria Baronova had been quite close to Mr Khodorkovsky but parted with him some time ago. In her Facebook blog she admits that “Gudkov and Katz are a secret project of M. B. Khodorkovsky” while other elements of the opposition are a public project of Mr Khodorkovsky. In other words, the whole campaign has been organized from Washington, or perhaps from Langley.

As we learned from Wikileaks-published State Department cables, this is the current trend of CIA for orchestrating regime change: instead of sending money directly to the opposition with a courier, they employ oligarchs as go-between. This mode has been used in Syria since 2006, as well as in Lebanon, and now is being applied in Moscow.

The winners of the recent municipal elections in Moscow weren’t just the “fair-faced” children of nomenclature, but appointees of the US deep state. They did it using American know-how and American money. This is the real and very successful interference, and the organisers got away with it.

The Russian post-Soviet political system as organized by Putin’s wiseguys should share the blame. The Communists, Nationalists of Mr Zhirinovsky and Socialists of Mr Mironov have been tamed and house-broken so efficiently that they lost their balls, their will power, their desire for victory – and their voters, as well. People stopped to care about them. The ruling party United Russia isn’t better; it is a toothless clone of the toothless CPSU, the late Soviet Union Communist Party that was dismantled by Gorbachev and Yeltsin without a single objection from millions of card-carrying members. It is a party of people who want to have power and its privileges.

The Ukraine had been ruled by a similar Party of the Regions. Led by Mr Victor Yanukovych, the party fell to pieces after the coup, its members deserting the sinking ship as fast as they could. United Russia will also run away in a case of trouble; they will helplessly watch Mr Khodorkovsky enter the gates of the Kremlin and probably applaud him. The United Russia’s 70% of vote is no guarantee of support for Mr Putin’s independent course. It would be better for Putin to rely upon smaller but more reliable and devoted cadres. Lenin used to say, ‘a small anchovy is better than a big cockroach’.

(This is true for other countries, too, as Mr Trump and Mr Corbyn discovered: their big parties just aren’t reliable. A small and reliable party of their dedicated supporters would be a better bet.)

The Kremlin spokesmen comfort themselves and others by stressing very limited powers of the elected deputies. By law, they may deal with municipal questions only. However, it is not unusual for such bodies to reach for more power in a revolutionary situation. In France, in 1789, the elected parliament was intended to be an advisory to the monarch, but very soon it assumed all the powers and chopped off the king’s head. In the USSR, in 1991, the Russian Federation parliament had very few rights being subservient to the Soviet parliament, but it assumed rights and broke up the USSR.

Forget about Mr Navalny. Perhaps we should get used to the idea that the next president of Russia will be called Maxim Katz, and Lucy Stern his Foreign Minister. That is, unless Mr Putin will do a better job at the forthcoming Presidential elections.

Israel Shamir can be reached at adam@israelshamir.net

This article was first published at The Unz Review.

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INTERVIEW WITH INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER DILYANA GAYTANDZHIEVA, WEAPONS SUPPLIES TO MILITANTS IN SYRIA (START: 20:00 CEST, SATURDAY)

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TOPIC: Interview with Dilyana Gaytandzhieva on weapons supplies to Syria and the media secnsorship in Europe.

Dilyana Gaytandzhieva is an investigative reporter authored a report for Trud Newspaper, which found that an Azerbaijan state airline company was regularly transporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Turkey under diplomatic cover as part of the CIA covert program to supply militants in Syria.

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JOURNALIST INTERROGATED, FIRED FOR STORY LINKING CIA AND SYRIA WEAPONS FLIGHTS

Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

Dilyana Gaytandzhieva

Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

A months-long investigation which tracked and exposed a massive covert weapons shipment network to terror groups in Syria via diplomatic flights originating in the Caucuses and Eastern Europe under the watch of the CIA and other intelligence agencies has resulted in the interrogation and firing of the Bulgarian journalist who first broke the story. This comes as the original report is finally breaking into mainstream international coverage.

Investigative reporter Dilyana Gaytandzhieva authored a bombshell report for Trud Newspaper, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, which found that an Azerbaijan state airline company was regularly transporting tons of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Turkey under diplomatic cover as part of the CIA covert program to supply anti-Assad fighters in Syria. Those weapons, Gaytandzhieva found, ended up in the hands of ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

While it’s long been understood that the US-Gulf-NATO coalition arming rebels inside Syria facilitated the rapid rise of the Islamic State as the group had steady access to a “jihadi Wal-Mart” of weapons (in the words of one former spy and British diplomat), the Trud Newspaper report is the first to provide exhaustive documentation detailing the precise logistical chain of the weapons as they flowed from their country of origin to the battlefield in Syria and Iraq. Gaytandzhieva even traveled to Aleppo where she filmed and examined labeled weapons shipping containers held in underground jihadist storehouses.

The Bulgaria-based journalist obtained and published dozens of secret internal memos which were leaked to her by an anonymous source as part of the report. The leaked documents appear to be internal communications between the Bulgarian government and Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Sofia detailing flight plans for Silk Way Airlines, which was essentially operating an “off the books” weapons transport service (not subject to inspections or tax under diplomatic cover) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Saudi Arabia, Israel, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. Silk Way Airlines has been the subject of other recent investigations involving weapons supplies for the Saudi war on Yemen. In addition, the military monitoring site Balkan Insight has exposed similar weapons cargo flights in and out of neighboring Serbia.

Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

Silk Way Airlines flight over Birmingham (UK). Image source: Flickr

But perhaps the more explosive finding involves private American companies contracting with the US government to help train and equip militants in Syria. An investigative series by Buzzfeed – the first of which was published in 2015 – named military contractor Purple Shovel LLC as the recipient of two no-bid contracts totaling more $50 million as part of the US train and equip program for Syria. Gaytandzhieva’s report definitively links Purple Shovel and other private American military contractors to the Azerbaijan Silk Way Airlines shipments. One leaked memo includes a cargo manifest for multiple tons of anti-tank grenades purchased in Bulgaria by Purple Shovel which were ostensibly designated for the official consignee – the Ministry of Defense of Ajerbaijan – but which never made it to Ajerbaijan. The documents, however, reveal that the military cargo was offloaded at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, which is one of the US and NATO’s main command centers for covert operations in Syria.

Though Gaytandzhieva’s report is months old and began through a series of smaller investigations, it gained little traction in Western or international press, even though it was promoted on social media and discussed among some of the world’s foremost experts on Syria and the Middle East. However, on Sunday Qatar-based Al Jazeera featured the story while reporting the shocking news that Gaytandzhieva had been interrogated by Bulgarian authorities before being fired from her newspaper:

Gaytandzhieva said on Thursday in a tweet that she was fired from her job at Trud after she was interrogated by the Bulgarian national security which tried to find out her sources.

She said she first got suspicious of the weapons transferred to Syria when she found Bulgarian-made weapons at the hands “terrorists” in Aleppo while reporting on the Syrian war there.

She said that she then traced those weapons to its Bulgarian manufacturer only to find out that those weapons were legally exported to Saudi Arabia, which in turn supplied it to “terrorists” in Syria.

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350 diplomatic flights carry weapons for terrorists

At least 350 diplomatic Silk Way Airlines (an Azerbaijani state-run company) flights transported weapons for war conflicts across the world over the last 3 years. The state aircrafts of Azerbaijan…

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Al Jazeera is now belatedly highlighting the story in the midst of the current Qatari-Saudi diplomatic war which has resulted in a general airing of dirty laundry as each side continues to accuse the other of supporting terrorism. Regardless, Al Jazeera’s coverage constitutes the first time this story has entered the mainstream. While we’ve reported the recent Trump decision to end the CIA covert program of regime change in Syria, it appears the apparatus for external weapons shipments to jihadists in Syria remains in place through the continuing Silk Way Airlines weapons pipeline. As Al Jazeera reports:

Speaking to Al Jazeera by phone on Sunday from Bulgaria, Gaytandzhieva said: “Saudi Arabia, UAE and the US must stop using the cover of Silk Way Airlines diplomatic flights to supply Eastern European weapons which end up in the hands of terrorists around the world. Diplomatic flights are exempt from checks and inspection.”


Tracking weapons from Eastern Europe to Syrian al-Qaeda: December 2016 Bulgarian news broadcast by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva. Brief English commentary begins at 1:00 mark. The report investigates Bulgarian origin rockets and weaponry said to have been in possession of Nusra Front (AQ in Syria). Leaked documents would later confirm Bulgarian weapons shipped to Saudi Arabia as part of the covert Syria program.

Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) also carried out their own lengthy investigations which are consistent with Trud News journalist Gaytandzhieva’s findings. Infographic source: Balkan Insight

The CIA program relied heavily on US ally Saudi Arabia to arm anti-Assad jihadists, and while it appears that the White House recently ended the CIA side of things, there’s no evidence to suggest that Saudi Arabia or other participating allied countries ever ceased or even slowed their part of the operations. Also, given that both the CIA and Pentagon contract with private firms acting as middle men to get weapons to the Syrian battlefield, it is uncertain if all aspects of the CIA program have really been shut down. Historically, the CIA has sometimes farmed out legally questionable activities to private contractors for the sake of ‘plausible deniability’. Furthermore, the Pentagon side of the program, which supplies Kurdish and Arab groups in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) appears to be ramping up of late.

Given the latest development of Trud Newspaper firing its own journalist and Bulgarian authorities attempting to locate her sources, it is entirely possible and likely that pressure is building for Trud to remove the story from its website. The new Al Jazeera story has brought fresh international attention to Gaytandzhieva’s findings, which is sure to increase the controversy.

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Below are excerpts from the original Trud report with images of select leaked documents. The original report contains dozens of downloadable leaked memos which were translated with contents summarized by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva.

Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

Government docs leaked by hackers (“Anonymous Bulgaria”) reveal weapons pipeline to terrorists in Syria:

According to these documents, Silk Way Airlines offered diplomatic flights to private companies and arms manufacturers from the US, Balkans, and Israel, as well as to the militaries of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and the military forces of Germany and Denmark in Afghanistan and of Sweden in Iraq. Diplomatic flights are exempt of checks, air bills, and taxes, meaning that Silk Way airplanes freely transported hundreds of tons of weapons to different locations around the world without regulation. They made technical landings with stays varying from a few hours to up to a day in intermediary locations without any logical reasons such as needing to refuel the planes.

U.S. sends $1 billion worth of weapons

Among the main customers of the “diplomatic flights for weapons” service provided by Silk Way Airlines are American companies, which supply weapons to the US army and US Special Operations Command. The common element in these cases is that they all supply non-US standard weapons; hence, the weapons are not used by the US forces.

According to the register of federal contracts, over the last 3 years American companies were awarded $1billion contracts it total under a special US government program for non-US standard weapon supplies. All of them used Silk Way Airlines for the transport of weapons. In some cases when Silk Way was short of aircrafts due to a busy schedule, Azerbaijan Air Force aircrafts transported the military cargo, although weapons never reached Azerbaijan.

The documents leaked from the Embassy include shocking examples of weapon transport. A case in point: on 12th May 2015 an aircraft of Azerbaijan Air Forces carried 7.9 tons of PG-7V and 10 tons of PG-9V the supposed destination via the route Burgas (Bulgaria)-Incirlik (Turkey)-Burgas-Nasosny (Azerbaijan). The consignor was the American company Purple Shovel, and the consignee – the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan. According to the documents, however, the military cargo was offloaded at Incirlik military base and never reached the consignee. The weapons were sold to Purple Shovel by Alguns, Bulgaria, and manufactured by Bulgaria’s VMZ military plant.

According to the federal contracts registry, in December of 2014 USSOCOM signed a $26.7 million contract with Purple Shovel. Bulgaria was indicated as the country of origin of the weapons.

US covert program sent Bulgarian weapons to Al Qaeda via private military contractor 

On 6 June 2015, a 41-year old American national Francis Norvello, an employee of Purple Shovel, was killed in a blast when a rocket-propelled grenade malfunctioned at a military range near the village of Anevo in Bulgaria. Two other Americans and two Bulgarians were also injured. The US Embassy to Bulgaria then released a statement announcing that the U.S. government contractors were working on a U.S. military program to train and equip moderate rebels in Syria. Which resulted in the U.S. Ambassador to Sofia to be immediately withdrawn from her post. They very same weapons as those supplied by Purple Shovel were not used by moderate rebels in Syria. In December of last year while reporting on the battle of Aleppo as a correspondent for Bulgarian media I found and filmed 9 underground warehoused full of heavy weapons with Bulgaria as their country of origin. They were used by Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria designated as a terrorist organization by the UN).

Saudi Arabia – sponsor and arms distributor

Besides the USA, another country that has purchased huge quantities of Eastern-European weapons and exported them on Silk Way Airlines diplomatic flights is Saudi Arabia. In 2016 and 2017, there were 23 diplomatic flights carrying weapons from Bulgaria, Serbia and Azerbaijan to Jeddah and Riyadh. The consignees were VMZ military plant and Transmobile from Bulgaria, Yugoimport from Serbia, and CHIHAZ from Azerbaijan.

The Kingdom does not buy those weapons for itself, as the Saudi army used only western weapons and those weapons are not compatible with its military standard. Therefore, the weapons transported on diplomatic flights end up in the hands of the terrorist militants in Syria and Yemen that Saudi Arabia officially admits supporting.

Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

Report links internationally transported weapons to ISIS

On 5 March 2016, an Azerbaijan Air Force aircraft carried 1700 pcs. RPG-7 (consignor: Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan) and 2500 pcs. PG-7VM (consignor: Transmobile Ltd., Bulgaria) for the Defense Ministry of Saudi Arabia. Diplomatic flights from Burgas Airport to Prince Sultan Airport on 18 and 28 February 2017 each carried a further 5080 psc. 40 mm PG-7V for RPG-7 and 24 978 psc. RGD-5. The weapons were exported by Transmobile, Bulgaria to the Ministry of Defense of Saudi Arabia. Such munitions and RPG-7 originating in Bulgaria can often be seen in videos filmed and posted by the Islamic State on their propaganda channels.

Weapons on Silk Way flight manifests appear on the Syrian battlefield months after arrival in Turkey and Saudi Arabia

The 41.2-ton cargo from Baku and Belgrade included: 7.62 mm cartridges, 12 pcs. sniper rifles, 25 pcs. M12 “Black Spear” caliber 12.7x108mm, 25 psc. RBG 40×46 mm/6M11, and 25 pcs. Coyote machine gun 12.7×108 mm with tripods. The same heavy machine gun appeared in videos and photos posted online by militant groups in Idlib and the province of Hama in Syria a few months later. The aircraft also carried: 1999 psc. M70B1 7.62×39 mm and 25 psc. M69A 82 mm. On 26 February 2016, a video featuring same M69A 82 mm weapons was posted on YouTube by a militant group calling itself Division 13 and fighting north of Aleppo.

Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights

Interestingly, the aircraft that carried the same type of weapons landed in Diyarbakir (Turkey), 235 km away from the border with Syria. Another type of weapon, RBG 40 mm/6M11, which was from the same flight and supposedly destined for Congo too, appeared in a video of the Islamic Brigade of Al Safwa in Northern Aleppo.

After Turkey, the aircraft landed in Saudi Arabia and remained there for a day. Afterwards it landed in Congo and Burkina Faso. A week later, there was an attempted military coup in Burkina Faso.

Full report and downloadable copies of leaked documents are also available here.

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