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Revealed: EU countries are selling weapons worth £1BILLION to the Middle East only for them to end up in the hands of ISIS

  • Croatia is the top supplier sending £254 million worth of weapons 
  • Saudia Arabia, Jordan, the UAE and Turkey are purchasing the weaponry
  • AK-47s, anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers are ending up in Syria
  • Report says weapons are going from the Balkans to the Arabian peninsula 

Eastern European countries have secretly sold €1.2 billion worth of weapons to the Middle East in the past four years – and they are ending up in the hands of Islamist fighters including ISIS, a new report has found.

Since 2012, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina have all reportedly approved the shipment of arms and ammunition to four key suppliers of Syria and Yemen.

In the past for years, Croatia, for example, has sent €302 million worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE and Turkey.

The Czech Republic is the second biggest supplier to these countries at €240 million, according to a team of reporters from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Arms and ammunition purchased from Eastern Europe by countries in the Middle East has ended up in the hands of Islamist fighters in Syria and Yemen such as ISIS

Croatia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina have all reportedly approved the shipment of arms and ammunition 

The investigation suggests the weaponry is being sent to Syria to fuel the civil war because it’s the first time the region has bought weapons from central and eastern Europe.

There are fears the weapons are fuelling ISIS and al Qaeda-affiliated groups, as well as fighters on the side of the Syrian president, Bashar-al-Assad.

A shocking graphic created by BIRN and OCCRP shows the weapons Saudi Arabia have bought since 2012.

The ‘shopping list’ includes 10,000 AK-47 guns, 300 tanks, 250 anti-aircraft guns and 90 multiple launch rocket systems.

Croatia has sent €302 million worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE and Turkey in the past four years

‘The evidence points towards systematic diversion of weapons to armed groups accused of committing serious human rights violations.

‘If this is the case, the transfers are illegal under the ATT (United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty) and other international law and should cease immediately,’ said Patrick Wilcken, an arms-control researcher at Amnesty International.

Photos on social media have shown Eastern and Central European weapons and ammunition in the hands of Islamist groups.

ISIS show off military kit ‘captured from Free Syrian Army’

The extremist group insisted that 'Allah granted it to us', in claiming that the seized booty had been sent to Syria and Iraq by the West

Fighters from the group bragged that the arms and technology sent by Western countries to forces fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq would only end up in their hands 

On Wednesday, the so-called Islamic State released a video showing off their haul of drones, computers, bazookas and machine gunes captured from Western-backed Syrian forces.

‘Send arms and equipment to your agents and dogs,’ boasts the group in its latest video, in which it taunts the US-led coalition.

‘Prepare them with the most modern equipment. Send them very much, for it will end up as war booty in our hands by Allah’s permission.

‘You will spent it, then it will be a source of regret for you, then you will be defeated.

‘Look at your armoured vehicles, machinery, weaponry and equipment. It is in our hands. Allah granted it to us.

‘We fight you with it. So die in your rage.’

Photos on social media have shown Eastern and Central European weapons and ammunition in the hands of Islamist groups 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3712391/EU-countries-selling-weapons-worth-1BILLION-Middle-East-end-hands-ISIS.html

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