Wenn man zu blöde und korrupt ist, dann wird es schwierig: Seit 25 Jahren wird über Waffen und sonstige Embargos berichtet, über Jugoslawien, über Syrien durch die korrupte EU und real machen die Pentagon, Regierungs Mitglieder und UN Leute ein Bomben Geschäft daraus. So auch EU Länder erneut.
Der Russiche Verteidigungs Minister, über die vielen Idioten die im Pentagon tätig sind.
Russian DM curious why Pentagon hires so many idiots
Russian DM curious why Pentagon hires so many idiots
In a statement published on Saturday morning, the Russian Defense Ministry theorized why so many blowhard windbags are employed by the Pentagon.
The Ministry is particularly amazed by US Special Operations Command General Raymond Thomas and his recent testimony before the Senate, during which he proclaimed Russia “one of the five main threats for the USA”.
The Russian Defense Ministry asked a question that everyone already knows the answer to: Is ‘intelligence’ a prerequisite for commanding US Special Operations Forces? Because all signs point to ‘no’:
Separate generals of the Pentagon are limited by stereotypes of the “cold war” and their incomprehension of real threats should not surprise.
We are often asked what the difference between the officers of the Russian Special Operations Forces and their American colleagues is.
We always say that the main traits of the Russian officers are intelligence and decisiveness.
It can easily be understood from the speech of General Thomas that the Pentagon puts forward some other requirements for the servicemen of the US Special Operations Forces, to put it mildly.
May be therefore they try to compensate them by hawkish anti-Russian rhetoric according to the best traditions of the cold war.
Did the Russian Defense Ministry just call Raymond Thomas and his majestic Special Operations Forces a bunch of knuckle-draggers? Probably.
Identisch mit der Albaner Mafia und Josef DioGuardia.
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The Coyote’s Trail: A Machine Gun’s Path from Serbia to Syria
by Ivan Angelovski, Jelena Cosic, Lawrence Marzouk and Maria Cheresheva
09 May 2017
Wearing high-top basketball shoes, faded jeans, and a sweater emblazoned with the word “Life,” a young rebel soldier posed online in February 2016 with his latest kit – a heavy machine gun on a tripod. The gun had just been delivered to his battalion, which was fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Aleppo in northern Syria.
Within weeks of his Facebook post, images and videos of identical guns started to appear on Twitter and YouTube from across other Syrian battlefields, often in their original crates and with instruction manuals.
The Training: An FSA fighter explains how he was sent to Saudi Arabia for training.
The soldiers gave the gun a nickname – “dushka” – after a similar Soviet-designed weapon known as DShK. “It was light and effective and it was the newest weapon we ever received,” one of them later said.
But its distinctive shape and pristine condition soon aroused the attention of online weapons analysts. It was an M02 Coyote – a weapon produced about 1,600 kilometers away in the state-owned Zastava Arms plant in Kragujevac, Serbia.
What route did the Serbian weapons take and how did they end up in Syria?
Reporters for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) spent a year following the Coyote’s trail. What they discovered was the willingness of the Serbian government to turn a blind eye to the systematic, illegal diversion of Serbian weapons from their “intended” destination of Saudi Arabia to combatants on Syrian battlefields.
They found that the powerful weapons were sold to Bulgarian Industrial Engineering and Management (BIEM), a Sofia-based arms broker, for export to Saudi Arabia in 2015 and 2016. From there, the weapons were likely shipped to Turkey, from where arms often cross into northern Syria.
Photos provided by an anonymous FSA fighter show him posing with a Coyote gun which was manufactured in Serbia, purchased by Bulgarian arms dealer BIEM, sold to Saudi Arabia, and eventually found its way to Syria. (Credit: FSA fighter)
Reporters were able to trace the unique serial number of the weapon in the rebel fighter’s Facebook post from the Serbian factory where it was built to BIEM, then to Saudi Arabia, and ultimately into his hands in Syria.
The route taken by the Coyote provides the clearest evidence to date of the €1.2 billion (US$ 1.3 billion) arms pipeline uncovered last year by BIRN and OCCRP – a pipeline financed by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Training Camp in Saudi Arabia
A Coyote instruction manual seized from rebels in Aleppo by Syrian government forces in July 2016 and posted on Twitter by journalist Khaled Iskef. Credit: Twitter
In early 2016, about 150 soldiers of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) crossed the border from Syria into Turkey. Handpicked and vetted by Turkish and Saudi Arabian commanders, they were following a well-rehearsed routine that has operated for years. First they spent a week in Ankara undergoing medical checks and obtaining identification documents. From there, they boarded a military plane – an Ilyushin, one soldier said – which took them to Saudi Arabia.
From the airport, they were taken by buses into the Saudi desert. The base was “well arranged” and guarded by members of the Saudi military, said one of the soldiers, who attended the training camp and agreed to speak to BIRN and OCCRP: “You have a lot of facilities for training and other things.”
Soldiers were told not to use their cellphones.
“There were a lot of different officers [at the training] – from the UK, US, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia. … There were American intelligence officers [too]. They are highly experienced and most of them had fought in Iraq,” he said.
The Coyote Arrives: An FSA fighter describes how the Serbian-made Coyote machine gun was delivered to Syria.
The fighters spent three weeks in Saudi Arabia. It was at this training camp where they were first introduced to the Serbian Coyote.
“I saw [a Coyote] with my own eyes in Saudi Arabia, and there the Americans used it for practice,” the soldier said.
After the training, the trainees returned to Turkey and then on to the battleground. The Coyote was right behind them.
“My gun arrived from Turkey after the training was finished,” he said. He explained that all of his battalion’s weapons passed through the Military Operation Command (MOC) center in Turkey, one of a number of such centers set up in the Gulf, Turkey and Jordan, and operated by Arab, Turkish and Western intelligence agencies. They are used as logistical and training bases.
“I don’t know exactly how many weapons there were, but several pieces arrived and my group got one,” he added. “It was in a box, separated into pieces, and we opened it and assembled it. It was new, there was even a catalogue.”
The new weapon was soon deployed by the fighters in their war against President Assad and the Islamic State.
A screenshot captured from a Free Syrian Army video by Twitter user @ruffthecrimedog. The photo depicts a Coyote with the Free Idlib Army in November 2016. Credit: Twitter
The Deal and the Tycoon
In July of 2016, BIRN and OCCRP reporters asked the Serbian Ministry of Defense about the new machine guns that were showing up in battlefields in Syria. A Ministry spokesperson provided a written statement saying that Zastava had sold “a number” of Coyotes to the Bulgarian arms broker BIEM for export to Saudi Arabia – not Syria – in 2015 and 2016.
On April 5, 2016, twitter User @bm27_uragan, who monitors the spread of weapons in the Syrian conflict, posted a photo of the a Serbian-made Coyote heavy machine gun in Latakia, Syria. Credit: Twitter
In September, BIRN and OCCRP sent photos of a Coyote in action in Syria along with the serial number of a specific gun in use in Syria to the Serbian Ministry. Initially, the ministry said it could not trace the weapon. After several follow-up emails and calls, a spokesman said that a Coyote with that serial number had been sold to BIEM in 2015.
In 2015, BIEM placed a large order with state-owned Zastava Arms, which produces its own version of the Russian AK-47 as well as the Coyote heavy machine gun. While the details of the contract remain confidential, fragments of official information, including Zastava’s 2015 accounts, indicate that BIEM paid €2.75 million ($3 million) for 205 Coyotes. An expert says the figure matches the typical price for such a weapon – about €12,000 ($13,000) per piece.
Bulgarian business tycoon, arms dealer, and Communist-era security agent Petar Mandjoukov. Credit: Wikimedia.org
The arms broker BIEM is majority owned by the Bulgarian businessman Petar Mandjoukov, 74, who is a long-time arms dealer, a media tycoon, and a former agent of State Security, the country’s Communist-era secret service. Mandjoukov is one of Bulgaria’s most prominent tycoons, with financial interests in construction, media, and wine production. Until 2015, he was a co-owner of the country’s second-biggest football club, CSKA Sofia. His company, BIEM, has been connected to other controversial arms deals. (Read more about Petar Mandjoukov and BIEM.)
A spokesman for BIEM said in a written statement, “We strictly follow national and international legislation.”
“You make connections and draw conclusions based on your own thoughts and assumptions and expect explanations which are neither our right nor our obligation [to give].”
Syria ‘Sucking up’ Weapons
BIEM’s export license for the Coyote deal was granted by the Serbian Ministry of Trade based on a legal document called an “end user certificate,” which guarantees that the weapons will be used by the purchasing party, in this case Saudi Arabia’s security forces.
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Although any re-export of the equipment requires Serbia’s approval, the Coyotes seen in Syria appear to have been illegally diverted to Syria by the Saudis.
This might not be a surprise to the Serbian officials responsible for issuing arms licenses. Saudi armed forces do not use such guns themselves, relying instead in large part on more modern and sophisticated Western-made weapons. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia has a history of diverting weapons to Syrian rebels….
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