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The US has been arming Islamic radicals since the 1980's Soviet-Afghan War (at least). Over the last few years, US arms and equipment kept turning up in the hands of ISIS.
But that's all just a coincidence, right?
And here's a report about it from RT:
The USA supplies and sells weapons to terrorists in Yemen under the cover of a NATO operation. That's what Bulgarian journalists found out. How does the scheme of supporting the rebels work?
Evgeny Poddubny, the head of the VGTRK Bureau in the Middle East in Northern Africa, will tell us.
Tens of millions of dollars worth of weaponry for ISIS fighters: the American buy mortar rounds and rifles in Serbia and Bulgaria for the Afghan Army. But this ammunition is eventually used by terrorists of so-called Islamic State in Yemen.
The story that compromised Washington surfaced thanks to the investigation by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva. She's a Bulgarian journalist who, once again, has shed light on the obscure business of the American intelligence agencies. The reporter got in her possession the documents that enabled her to follow the path of the mortar rounds from the ISIS cell in Yemen to their production facility.
Among the investigative materials are standstills from an ISIS propaganda video featuring Serbian-made 82-mm shells. The labeling is well seen on the ammunition: M74 HE KV lot 04/18. The first two letters mean that the shells were manufactured at the Krusik Weaponry Plant in Serbia. The following digits, 04/18, mean that the ammunition of the #04 series was made in 2018. This lot number enables us to follow the path of the mines from Serbia to the terrorists in Yemen. According to the papers of the shells that are shown in the terrorists' video, they were purchased by the American company Alliant Techsystems, a company that is entirely owned by ATK Orbital which, in its turn, has close ties with the U.S. government. The Serbian state-owned company Yugoimport became an exporter.
The investigation materials include the documents that prove that. Everything is there down to the contracts numbers. It was over one hundred thousand pieces of ammunition that cost tens of millions of dollars. The investigation materials make it clear as well that the final freighter of the Serbian cargo was changed several times. It was a warehouse in the state of Missouri, a military base in Afghanistan, and the Afghan police force. Truth be told, the author of the investigation states that Afghan law enforcement never uses this kind of shells.
She says that, in this case, the freighter’s address is a fake one. To deliver this weaponry batch, they hired the Azerbaijani air company Silk Way. This transportation company, in fact, is often used to deliver weaponry manufactured at European plants to the world's hot spots on America's behalf. The aircraft have delivered weaponry to Baku, to the Turkish Incirlik Air Base, which is used by the Americans, and to the United Arab Emirates.
Now, I need to give more details on the situation in Yemen itself, where these mortar rounds from Serbia, bought with American money, resurface. In Yemen, there's a war going on, where pro-Saudi troops fight the Houthi who, in their turn, are supported by Iran. Saudi Arabia is acting straightforwardly. This country's airforce made an airstrike on Yemen's territory. The Americans, of course, take the side of their main allies in the region. The band of the ISIS terrorist group happens to fight against the Houthi. Therefore, they are helping the coalition, and they are doing it for a purpose. The ammunition, bought with American money, end up in the hands of the most notorious and dangerous terrorist group in the world.
Before that in Syria, the weaponry that was sent by the American government to the so-called moderate armed opposition ended up in the hands of the ex-branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria. There, it often happened either because Al-Nusra's groups were stronger than smaller groups or after the radicalization of the members of the opposing formations that led to them voluntarily join the radicals, along with their weaponry, naturally.
The situation in Yemen is fundamentally different. The results of the investigation published today point out that there's an entire covert scheme in place enabling Washington to secretly arm radical groups where the Americans need them. Besides, the United States spec ops forces are acting on the territory of Yemen. You can even find photos of them on social media. Their outfit lets one draw the conclusion that these are not simple American soldiers. It appears that there are coordinators on-site who are capable of organizing logistics activities in such a complicated region.Support Russia Insider - Go Ad-Free!
In fact, if the American mainstream media paid attention to this information it could lead to a serious internal scandal in the USA, as the representatives of the Pentagon and the State Department are constantly trying to convince the American voter that American soldiers fight the representatives of the pseudo-caliphate in such countries as Syria. Even though it's clear that, as for Syria, the Americans do it half-heartedly there; it's more likely that they are trying to moderate the ISIS groups in a way that present Washington's politics in a more positive light.
Of course, it's not so easy for an American citizen to make sense of that. In the case of the Yemen dossier, it's much more transparent and clear. However, this investigation is hardly likely to be discussed on the news channels that are funded by the Republicans and the Democrats. By the way, no later than tomorrow, the authors will publish the second part of the investigation. We're onto that.
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