TRAC Exclusive "What, Where and How Much: The Current Flow of Arms to Syria"

Image: 2014 One of the many items for sale, Armor piercing shells for tank gun U5TS (2A20).Much has been said about the impact that Western Nations have in supplying military grade weapons to Syrian rebel groups.  What very rarely comes to light, and is often speculated, is the current arms flow that supplies not only the Sunni rebel groups but also the Shia groups fighting with the Assad regime. Weapons Surplus from Black SeaA TRAC source within the international arms industry with knowledge of Middle Eastern weapons movements said Syria had received millions of rounds of ammunition for light weapons of late. "We are talking about surplus equipment that is coming in from the Black Sea area. A lot of it is former eastern bloc material and there are arms dealers who can be tapped to supply this stuff," the source said. "It is coming in by both sea and by air." Supplies included: 105 mm and 120 mm high explosive anti-tank rounds, 30 mm automatic cannon…

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Veryan Khan

Veryan Khan is associate publisher at The Beacham Group, LLC., and Editorial Director of its Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC). An expert in the philosophy and ethics of political...