Category Archives: United States

US is using vaguely worded legal documents which obscure Syria as billions dollars’ worth of weapons’ final destination

The Pentagon has relied on an army of contractors and sub-contractors – from blue-chip military giants to firms linked to organized crime – to supply up to US$ 2.2 billion worth of Soviet-style arms and ammunition to Syrian rebels fighting a sprawling war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

Arms factories across the Balkans and Eastern Europe – already working at capacity to supply the Syrian war – are unable to meet the demand. In response, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has turned to new suppliers like Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Ukraine for additional munitions while relaxing standards on the material it’s willing to accept, according to an investigation by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Reporters have pieced together the Pentagon’s complex supply line to Syria using procurement records, ship-tracking data, official reports, leaked emails, and interviews with insiders. This program is separate from a now-defunct CIA effort to arm rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

The Pentagon is buying the arms through two channels: the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which oversees special operations across all services of the US military, and the Picatinny Arsenal, a little-known US Army weapons facility in New Jersey.

The munitions are being transported by both sea and air from Europe to Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait. They are then distributed to US allies in northern and southern Syria by plane and truck. (See: Black Sea Route)

Reporters discovered that the US is using vaguely worded legal documents which obscure Syria as the weapons’ final destination – a practice experts say threatens global efforts to combat arms trafficking and puts the Eastern European governments who sell the weapons and ammunition at risk of breaching international law. Others raise the issue of who, exactly, is using the arms and what will happen to them once ISIS has been defeated.

Read More At:

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/12/the-pentagon-is-spending-2-billion-running-soviet-era-guns-to-syrian-rebels/amp/

https://www.occrp.org/en/makingakilling/the-pentagon-is-spending-2-billion-on-soviet-style-arms-for-syrian-rebels

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US loaded ~1500 military vehicles including Stryker AFVs onto USNS Bob Hope and Cape Isabel in WA, West Coast

US loaded about 1500 military vehicles including Stryker AFVs onto USNS Bob Hope and Cape Isabel in WA, West Coast.

Reason unclear (readiness exercise?), but Cape Isabel is going South toward San Diego (or Mexico?), Bob Hope still moored at Port Tacoma, WA.

Yet another huge US military shipment from Maryland toward Belgium with ‘Freedom’ and hundreds of MRAPs/MATVs

ARC Freedom ready for another trip toward Europe fully loaded with US military equipment.

US continues to pepare its military overseas operation, this time from Beaumont, TX East Coast. (🛳️ Ro-Ro Cape Victory)

US Military overseas operation ongoing on daily basis, hard to say where these vehicles will be transported, too many options open, just wait and check Ro-Ro Cape Victory AIS updates on Marine Traffic.

Officially these vehicles are bound for Europe, Atlantic Resolve operation.

US military hardware heading toward Los Angeles probably to be loaded onto Expeditionary Transfer Dock ship ‘USNS John Glenn’

Military vehicles including M109A6 ‘Paladin’ recently spotted near the Salton Sea, California.

In my opinion the whole hardware will be loaded onto Expeditionary Transfer Dock ship ‘USNS John Glenn’:

“An Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD), formerly the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), was designed to be a semi-submersible, flexible, modular platform providing the US Navy with the capability to perform large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore. These ships significantly reduce the dependency on foreign ports and provide support in the absence of port availability.”

Its final destination is still unknown, but definitely US is preparing for another big overseas operation from the West Coast.

About 300 vehicles reportedly moved into Port of Port Arthur, US, probably for overseas operations, Green Ridge seems moored there

About 300 vehicles reportedly moved into Port of Port Arthur, unclear for what reason, probably for overseas operations because we can see vehicles carrier ‘Green Ridge’, coming back from Lithuania, moored in Texas, US.