2571.-LA PROVA documentale CHE LO STATO ISLAMICO è ARMATO DAGLI STATI UNITI

Maurizio Blondet  10 Settembre 2019 

Di Dilyana Gaytandzhieva 1 settembre 2019

Dilyana Gaytandzhieva è   la celebre  giornalista investigativa bulgara, corrispondente in Medio Oriente  che negli ultimi due anni ha pubblicato una serie di rapporti rivelatori sulle forniture di armi ai terroristi in Siria e Iraq. Il suo lavoro attuale si concentra sulla documentazione di crimini di guerra e esportazioni illecite di armi nelle zone di guerra di tutto il mondo.

fra i terroristi ISIS un istruttore delle Forze Speciali USA. Nemico comune, quello indicato da Israele: l’IRAN

Mentre il presidente degli Stati Uniti Donald Trump si vanta della sconfitta dello Stato islamico in Siria, le armi acquistate dal governo degli Stati Uniti appaiono nelle mani dei terroristi dello Stato islamico nello Yemen.

Di recente ho ricevuto in modo anonimo documenti esplosivi dalle società armate statali serbe Krusik e Jugoimport SDPR, tra cui e-mail, memo interni, contratti, foto, programmi di consegna e liste di imballaggio con un numero elevato di armi e dei loro acquirenti. Tra i documenti trapelati ho anche ricevuto passaporti scannerizzati di trafficanti di armi e funzionari governativi di Stati Uniti, Arabia Saudita e Emirati Arabi Uniti. Sono stati coinvolti nel traffico di almeno 3 milioni di pezzi di armi serbe (proiettili di mortaio e razzi) verso lo Yemen e la Siria negli ultimi tre anni.

Rintracciando il numero di lotto di queste armi serbe sono stato in grado di identificare e rintracciare i proiettili di mortaio nelle mani dei terroristi dello Stato islamico nello Yemen fino al loro acquirente – il governo degli Stati Uniti.

Questi documenti rivelano la più grande menzogna della politica estera degli Stati Uniti: combattere ufficialmente il terrorismo e segretamente sostenerlo.

La guerra nello Yemen è una guerra per procura per il controllo di uno dei paesi più poveri del mondo. Ha portato, secondo le Nazioni Unite, alla peggiore crisi umanitaria del mondo, con circa 24 milioni di persone (circa l’80% della popolazione) che hanno urgente bisogno di protezione e assistenza. Ciò include due milioni di bambini sotto i cinque anni che muoiono di fame. È una guerra tra l’Iran, da un lato, e gli Stati Uniti, l’Arabia Saudita e gli Emirati Arabi Uniti, dall’altro. Lo Stato islamico, tuttavia, svolge anche un ruolo significativo in questo conflitto armato. Il gruppo terroristico nello Yemen combatte principalmente contro i ribelli Houthi appoggiati dall’Iran che controllano lo Yemen settentrionale.

Utente finale: lo Stato islamico

Il 27 luglio 2019 il gruppo dello Stato islamico ha pubblicato un video di propaganda con la sua filiale nello Yemen. Il video mostra scene barbare di atrocità, tra cui scene scioccanti di decapitazioni di persone tenute in cattività dallo Stato islamico nello Yemen. Un frame di 5 secondi mostra le armi acquistate dal governo degli Stati Uniti nelle mani dei terroristi. Ecco come l’ho scoperto. La sigla sulle confezioni dei proiettili  è chiaramente visibile – 82 mm M74 HE KV lotto 04/18. Le due lettere KV indicano che i proiettili di mortaio sono stati fabbricati dalla fabbrica di armi serba Krusik (K sta per Krusik e V – per Valjevo, la città in cui si trova la fabbrica). Le seguenti cifre 04/18 indicano che i gusci di malta sono lotto 04, prodotto nel 2018.

(Il seguito dell’ammirevole reportage qui:

Islamic State weapons in Yemen traced back to US Government: Serbia files (part 1)

By Dilyana Gaytandzhieva – September 1, 20192825743

This still image taken from the Islamic State video in Yemen shows mortar shells 82 mm M74 HE lot 04/18 from the Serbian arms factory Krusik along with mortar shells from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

While US President Donald Trump boasts about the defeat of Islamic State in Syria, US government-purchased weapons appear in the hands of Islamic State terrorists in Yemen.

Recently I anonymously received explosive documents from the Serbian state-owned arms companies Krusik and Jugoimport SDPR, including e-mails, internal memos, contracts, photos, delivery schedules, and packing lists with lot numbers of weapons and their buyers. Among the leaked documents I also received scanned passports of arms dealers and government officials from the US, Saudi Arabia and UAE. They have been involved in the trafficking of at least 3 million pieces of Serbian weapons (mortar shells and rockets) to Yemen and Syria in the last three years.

Tracking the lot number of these Serbian weapons I was able to identify and trace mortar shells in the hands of Islamic State terrorists in Yemen back to their buyer – the US Government.

These documents expose the biggest lie in the US foreign policy – officially fighting terrorism while secretly supporting it.

The Pentagon has deployed US Special forces in Yemen. Ironically, in Yemen the US and the Islamic State terrorists have a common enemy – the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control the country’s north (photo: social media)

What is at stake in Yemen? The war in Yemen is a proxy war for control over one of the poorest countries in the world. It has led, according to UN, to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with an estimated 24 million people (close to 80 % of the population) being in urgent need of protection and assistance. That includes two million children under-five who are starving to death. It is a war between Iran, on the one hand, and the US, Saudi Arabia and UAE, on the other hand. The Islamic State, however, also plays a significant role in this armed conflict. The terrorist group in Yemen fights mainly against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control Northern Yemen.

End user – the Islamic State

On 27 July 2019 the Islamic State group released a propaganda video featuring its branch in Yemen. The video shows barbaric scenes of atrocities including shocking scenes of beheadings of people kept in captivity by the Islamic State in Yemen. One 5-second frame shows weapons purchased by the US government in the hands of the terrorists. Here is how I discovered that. The mark on the mortar shells is clearly visible – 82 mm M74 HE KV lot 04/18. The two letters KV mean that those mortar shells were manufactured by the Serbian arms factory Krusik (K stands for Krusik and V – for Valjevo, the town where the factory is located). The following digits 04/18 mean that the mortar shells are lot 04, produced in 2018.Islamic State in Yemen1 of 9  

This still image taken from the Islamic State video in Yemen shows mortar shells 82 mm M74 HE lot 04/18 from the Serbian arms factory Krusik along with mortar shells from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As I had already had documents about arms exports from Krusik I was able to trace back this particular lot 04/18. According to the documents, such 82 mm M74HE mortar shells KV lot 04/18 which appear in the Islamic State video in Yemen were purchased by the American company Alliant Techsystems LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of ATK Orbital, USA) on behalf of the US Government.  The exporter was the Serbian state-owned company Jugoimport SDPR. The packing list of the weapons for their export was signed on 12 February 2018. They were purchased under the contract MP00135498 between Jugoimports SDPR and Alliant Techsystems LLC, USA. The quantity of the weapons was 10,500 pcs.

The packing list of 10,500 pcs. of 82 mm M74 HE mortar shells KV lot 04/18. The consignor is Jugoimport SDPR, Serbia and the consignee is the American company Alliant Techsystems LLC.

According to the contract MP00135498, signed on 20 January 2017, the American company Alliant Techsystems LLC purchased a total of 105,150 pcs. of 82 mm mortar shells “for the needs of the US Government” (za potrebe VLADA SAD in Serbian in the original documents). The exporter was Jugoimport SDPR, Serbia and the manufacturer – Krusik, Serbia. Both Serbian companies are state-owned and under the control of the Serbian government. The price of the deal indicated in the contract is $8,043,975.

The shipping address in the contract is LCAAP Receiving 25201 East 78 Highway, Independence MO 64056. This is the address of Lake City Army Ammunition Plant – a U.S. government-owned facility in north-eastern Independence, Missouri. However, in the attached documents the shipping address is changed to: Afghan National Army Ammo depot 22 Bankers, Pol-e-Charki, Afghanistan, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A CJ4). This is a lead US DoD Agency which tracks shipment delivery from issue to end user and coordinates the delivery to the ammunition depot in Kabul.Contract MP00135498 between Krusik, Jugoimport SDPR,Serbia and Alliant Techsystems, USA1 of 16  

Furthermore, the documents show that Alliant Techsystems LLC purchased the Serbian weapons under a US federal contract W52P1J16D0058-0007. According to the US federal contracts registry, this is a $50,426,847 contract between Alliant Techsystems LLC and the US Department of the Army for the delivery of non US standard weapons to Afghanistan in 2017-2018.

Under the cover of NATO Operation Resolute Support

After I identified who had purchased this particular lot 04/18 in the Islamic State video in Yemen, I tracked how and when it was exported.

On 3 April 2018 Jugoimport SDPR (the exporter) sent an e-mail to Krusik (the arms manufacturer) to confirm a shipment on a Silk Way West Airlines flight 7L9632 on 15 April 2018 to the destination Belgrade-Kabul-Baku.  Jugoimport SDPR sent three packing lists so that Krusik prepare the shipment. The three packing lists were for the lots 04/18., 06/18, and 07/18 (10,500 pcs., 2,406 pcs., and 2,920 pcs. of mortar shells 82 mm M74 HE respectively). Alliant Techsystems LLC is indicated as the consignee of the weapons.Leaked e-mail from the exporter Jugoimport SDPR to the arms manufacturer Krusik, 3 April 20181 of 4  

Jugoimport SDPR sent three packing lists so that Krusik prepare the shipment for Alliant Techsystems, USA.

The next day (4 April 2018) Jugoimport SDPR sent a second e-mail informing Krusik that the plan had been changed. The shipment that was planned for export on the flight on 15 May 2018 must be prepared for export on a flight on 8 May 2018 (lots 04/18., 06/18, and 07/18). The other shipment that was planned for export on the flight on 8 May 2018 must be prepared for export on the flight on 15 May 2018 (8,500 pcs. of mortar shells 82 mm HE lot 05/18). Why the cargo was exchanged, Jugoimport SDPR did not clarify.Leaked e-mail from Jugoimport SDPR to Krusik, 4 April 20181 of 5  

Jugoimport SDPR sent a new delivery plan to Krusik with packing lists of weapons. The consignee is Alliant Techsytems LLC, USA.

On 17 April 2018 Jugoimport SDPR sent to Krusik the Alliant Techsystems LLC (ATK) approved delivery plan. The air company that was chartered to transport the weapons was Silk Way using a special NAG military call sign. This is a military call sign given by NATO for the operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan (see the document library below). Resolute Support is a NATO-led train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan meaning that the weapons were supplied under the cover of this program.Leaked e-mail from Jugoimport SDPR to Krusik, 17 April 20181 of 3  

Jugoimport SDPR sent to Krusik the Alliant Techsystems LLC (ATK) approved delivery plan for arms exports on five Silk Way Airlines flights from Belgrade (Serbia) and Burgas (Bulgaria) to Kabul, Afghanistan.

The mortar shells featured in the Islamic State video in Yemen (lot 04/18, 10,500 pcs.) were shipped on a Silk Way flight Belgrade-Kabul booked for 8 May 2018. The end user indicated is the Afghan National Army (ANA). The same flight transported also 2,406 pcs. (lot 06/18) and 2,920 pcs. (lot 07/18) of 82 mm mortar shells with an end user the Afghan National Police (ANP).

Boeing 747-83QF with registration VQ-BBM operated by Silk Way West Airlines takes off from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport en-route to Kabul, Afghanistan on 8 May 2018 carrying the Serbian 10,500 pcs. of 82 mm mortar shells lot 04/18 manufactured by Krusik and purchased by Alliant Techsystems USA (photo credit: Dejan Milinkovic)

A total of 40,236 pcs. of 82 mm mortar shells HE were transported on four Silk Way flights in May 2018 with the end user being the Afghan National Police. All of them were purchased by Alliant Techsystems LLC (ATK) on behalf of the US Department of the Army under a $81.5 million US federal contract W52P1J16D0058-0006.Contract MP00128155 between Krusik, Jugoimport SDPR, Serbia and Alliant Techsystems, USA1 of 12  

Alliant Techsystems LLC purchased 40,236 pcs. of 82 mortar shells HE on behalf of the US Government. The end user indicated in the contract is the Afghan National Police.

According to the US Federal contracts registry, the contract W52P1J16D0058-0006 is for the delivery of non US standard ammunition and mortar weapon systems. The country of origin is Bulgaria meaning that Bulgarian weapons were also purchased under the same Pentagon contract.

Contract W52P1J16D0058-0006 between Alliant Techsystems LLC and the US Department of the Army for the delivery of non US standard ammunition and mortar weapon systems
The country of origin indicated in the contract is Bulgaria. Alliant Techsystems also delivered weapons from Serbia. Some of them were re-exported via Bulgaria.

In the delivery plan which Alliant Techsystems LLC provided to Jugoimport and Krusik some of the Serbian mortar shells were re-exported via Burgas Airport in Bulgaria on three Silk Way flights on 25 April, 18 May and 29 May 2018. Coincidentally, Bulgarian AR-SF rifles also appear in the hands of Islamic State terrorists in Yemen in the same video as the Serbian mortar shells from Krusik. This particular type of rifle is manufactured by the Bulgarian arms factory Arsenal.

A Bulgarian AR-SF rifle in the hands of an Islamic State terrorist in Yemen. This still image is taken from the same video featuring the Serbian mortar shells from Krusik.

A leaked e-mail between Jugoimport and Krusik dated 15 March 2018 reveal that the weapons exported on papers to the Afghan National Police (lots 06/18, 07/18 and 08/18) under the Pentagon contract W52P1J16D0058-0006 were shipped to storage depot 22 Bunkers, Pol-e Charki, Kabul. The weapons (lot 04/18) in the video of the Islamic State in Yemen were also shipped to that address but with an end user the Afghan National Army.

The same storage depot 22 Bunkers, Pol-e Charki was investigated by the US Senate committee following revelations that private US contractors from Blackwater had smuggled hundreds of weapons intended for use by the Afghan Police.Leaked e-mail from Jugoimport SDPR to Krusik, 15 March 20181 of 12  

Jugoimport SDPR forwarded to Krusik packing lists and labels of the mortar shells boxes with a consignee Alliant Techsystems, USA and a shipping address in Afghanistan. 

350 diplomatic flights carry weapons for terrorists

Silk Way Airlines which the US Government commissioned to transport the weapons from Serbia and Bulgaria is an Azeri state-run company. Diplomatic notes which were leaked to me in 2017 revealed that Silk Way Airlines carried out 350 diplomatic flights with weapons for terrorists in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Africa. The flights were chartered by the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia and UAE. The weapons were secretly offloaded in Baku, Incirlik Air Base, Prince Sultan Air Base, etc. where the planes stopped for technical landings after which they continued empty to their final destination. The new leaked documents prove that this international weapons shipment network has never ended and continue to this date.

More leaked documents you can read here:

US Task Force Smoking Gun smuggles weapons to Syria: Serbia files (part 2)

Altri documenti trapelati che puoi leggere qui:

US Task Force Smoking Gun contrabbanda armi in Siria: file Serbia (parte 2)

US Task Force Smoking Gun smuggles weapons to Syria: Serbia files (part 2)

By Dilyana Gaytandzhieva – September 2, 2019816732

US Task Force Smoking Gun has transported hundreds of tons of weapons from Europe to Syria via Qatar on Pentagon-commissioned Kalitta Air flights from Rijeka Airport in Croatia.

New leaked documents expose for the first time a secret US Special Operations Command unit code named Task Force Smoking Gun. It has been deployed in Croatia since 2017 and tasked with diverting tons of arms and ammunition from Europe to Syria.

Recently I anonymously received explosive documents about arms deals between the US Government and the Serbian state owned-arms manufacturer Krusik, including contracts, e-mails, internal memos, photos, delivery schedules, and packing lists of weapons with lot numbers and their buyers. Among the leaked documents I also received scanned passports of arms dealers and government officials from the US. They have visited Krusik to buy weapons for the Pentagon Train and Equip program for militants in Syria.

Task Force Smoking Gun 

The Pentagon deployed Task Force Smoking Gun to Croatia in 2017 in support of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Train and Equip program in Syria. According to leaked e-mails, Task Force Smoking Gun has been operating an arms depot in the Croatian city of Podhum near Rijeka Airport from where Pentagon-commissioned American carriers (Atlas Air and Kalitta Air) have transported the military cargo to the US air base Al Udeid in Qatar.

The weapons originate from Serbia. The buyers are four American companies which have been contracted by the US Government to supply non US standard weapons (weapons not in use by the US Army) – Sierra Four Industries, Orbital ATK, Global Ordnance, and UDC.

Leaked passports reveal which US Government officials and private contractors have ordered, inspected and accepted the weapons. The same names have been listed by the Pentagon as recipients of a US Central Command award in recognition of their support to the Syrian Train and Equip program – the US program for arming militants in Syria (see the document libraries below).

The British broker

“We have received the attached list of items for the US Government. The request is for USG Special Operations Command, end user Iraqi Ministry of Defence (via Kuwait)”, writes a British arms dealer, Lynn Timckle, director of the UK-based Imber Enterprises Limited in a leaked e-mail to the Serbian arms manufacturer Krusik. The e-mail dated 21 January 2016 includes the US Government list of weapons that need to be purchased from arms factories across Eastern Europe.

Lynn Timckle asks Krusik to make an offer of its ability to deliver mortar shells as soon as possible. Krusik offers 2,450 pcs. of mortar shells 60 mm M73 HE, 23,000 pcs. of mortar shells 82 mm M74 HE, and 27,000 pcs. of mortar shells 120 mm M62P8 HE.

Imber Enterprises was established on March 2011 by Lynn Timcke predominantly to supply defence products and provide support services to Governments and Ministries worldwide, including Eastern European weapons, according to information provided by ADS (the British defense industry organisation which member is Imber Enterprises).Leaked e-mails between the British broker Lynn Timckle and the Serbian arms factory Krusik1 of 4  

The British broker mediated an arms deal between USSOCOM and Krusik for the delivery of non US standard weapons with an end user the Iraqi Defense Ministry via Kuwait. Later on the end user was deleted from the contract.

The leaked correspondence between Krusik and the British broker reveals that the buyer is an American company, Sierra Four Industries, but the payment for these weapons will not be made by the American company, but by a British company which has no role in the deal other than to pay – Charles Kendall & Partners Ltd., UK. Krusik explains that it will need permission from the Serbian Finance Ministry. Furthermore, Krusik expresses its concern about another legal obligation – the draft End User Certificate states that the weapons will be delivered to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, and according to that it should be clearly stated that the weapons will be used in Romania as well as the precise use of these weapons.Leaked correspondence between Sierra Four Industries, Lynn Timckle and Krusik1 of 6  

The USSOCOM contractor Sierra Four Industries explains that the payment for these weapons will be made by a British company, Charles Kendall & Partners Ltd.

Nevertheless, none of these concerns are taken into consideration. Instead, the president of Sierra Four Industries Robert Grimmer sends an e-mail confirming that the money will be transferred to Krusik by his British financial partner Charles Kendall & Partners Ltd., UK without further explanation as to why the buyer is the US Government, through its contractor Sierra Four Industries, USA, but the payment comes from a private company in the UK.Contract between Sierra Four Industries, USA and Krusik, Serbia1 of 4  

The end user is deleted in the final agreement between the USSOCOM contractor Sierra Four Industries and the Serbian arms manufacturer Krusik.

Inflated price 

Another interesting detail in the leaked documents is the price of the deal. According to the Agreement between Krusik and Sierra Four Industries, the price is $7,842,910. A further check in the US Federal Contracts Registry, however, shows that the price under this contract is much higher – $12,417,458 (or $4,5 million higher than the price in the contract with Krusik) which raises serious questions as to where the money has gone.

According to the leaked e-mails, the weapons were shipped on trucks from Serbia to the US arms depot in Podhum, Croatia, not in Romania or Kuwait as the British broker initially states. The address indicated on the labels of the boxes is the address of the Croatian state-owned military company Agency Alan’s warehouse (Grobnik Processing Site) in Podhum, some 30 km from Rijeka Airport. Agency Alan itself has a $17.6 m contract with the Pentagon for the delivery of non-US standard weapons (2017-2018).Leaked e-mails from the British broker Lynn Timckle to Krusik1 of 11  

These leaked e-mails with attached labels of the mortar shells boxes expose the USSOCOM special unit Task Force Smoking Gun in Croatia.

Zachariah Franklin whose name and USSOCOM e-mail is indicated on the labels of the mortar shells boxes, from Krusik to Croatia, is Chief Ammunition NCO, 1st Special Forces Command at the United States Army. According to his Linkedin account, in 2017 and 2018 (when the shipments to Croatia took place) he served as Ammunition Logistics NCO in 528th Sustainment Brigade. It supports US Army special operations forces around the world. However, he has not listed his deployment to Croatia as officer from the USSOCOM Task Force Smoking Gun meaning that the information about his work for Task Force Smoking Gun is classified.

The Pentagon hides flights using the same flight numbers

Two American air companies – Atlas Air and Kalitta Air, have been chartered by the Pentagon to transport weapons from Rijeka Airport to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Flight logs of seven flights in 2018 operated by Atlas Air and Kalitta Air from Rijeka Airport to Al Udeid Air Base show that all these flights were assigned a Camber call sign (a military call sign used for US Transportation Command flights). The previous flights to Rijeka were assigned a civil call sign meaning that the planes were loaded with military cargo in Rijeka as the next flight from Rijeka to Al Udeid Military Air Base was with the Camber call sign.

Some of the flights have the same flight number (CMB514 or CMB515) despite being performed by different planes and in different months. Tracking these flights using planes tracking websites is practically impossible as the search results show only the last flight with the number CMB514 or CMB515, and there is no history of the rest of the flights which were also assigned the same flight number.Military charter flights from Rijeka Airport, Croatia to Al Udeid Military Airbase, Qatar1 of 7  

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      Atlas Air and Kalitta Air planes being loaded with military cargo at Rijeka Airport1 of 6  

Diplomatic flights with weapons and narcotics

Atlas Air and Kalitta Air are prime Pentagon contractors, according to information obtained from the US Government contracting website. Atlas Air was awarded an indefinite delivery contract HTC71118DC005 (2018-2023) with a potential value of  $227,9 m to transport hazardous, sensitive (including narcotics), refrigerated/cold chain (perishable), life and death, oversized, general cargo or unusual shipments.

Kalitta Air was awarded an indefinite delivery contract HTC71115DR047 (2015-2018) with a potential value of $266 m to move DoD and other US Government cargo with diplomatic clearance.Atlas Air and Kalitta Air US federal contracts1 of 4  

Atlas Air was awarded an indefinite delivery contract HTC71118DC005 (2018-2023) with a potential value of $227,9 m to transport hazardous, sensitive cargo (including narcotics) or unusual shipments.
Atlas Air was awarded an indefinite delivery contract HTC71118DC005 (2018-2023) with a potential value of $227,9 m to transport hazardous, sensitive cargo (including narcotics) or unusual shipments.
Kalitta Air was awarded an indefinite delivery contract HTC71115DR047 (2015-2018) with a potential value of $266 m to move DoD and other US Government cargo with diplomatic clearance.
Kalitta Air was awarded an indefinite delivery contract HTC71115DR047 (2015-2018) with a potential value of $266 m to move DoD and other US Government cargo with diplomatic clearance.

 $1 million per flight from the US taxpayers’ money

Court documents reveal that one of the air companies with flights to Al Udeid Air Base – Kalitta Air received $1 million per flight under US government contracts. In November 2016 a former employee of Kalitta Air filed a complaint against the company on the grounds that the employees did not receive the compensation (the so called hazard pay) which the Pentagon paid to Kalitta for operations in war zones.  According to the court documents, “Kalitta contracts with the U.S. Transportation Command to pick up and deliver cargo to the U.S. armed forces in various locations including areas that have been designated “combat zones” by the President of the United States. In addition to the pay Kalitta receives of approximately $1,000,000 per flight plus fuel costs, Kalitta also receives $27,000 per flight for “hazard pay,” which Kalitta is required to pay to the employees on flights into dangerous combat zones. Kalitta does not pay the $27,000 in hazard pay to its employees.”Kalitta Air court documents1 of 7  

Leaked passports of US Government officials

One American national has been a frequent visitor at the firing range of the Serbian arms manufacturer Krusik since 2017. His name and passport appears regularly in the leaked e-mails – Ronald Wheeler. He is a DCMA (Defense Contract Management Agency) inspector and his job is to approve the weapons for acceptance by the private US contractors on behalf of the US Government.

Two other American nationals have also visited Krusik on several occasions – James Hamfeldt and Christopher Ratliff. Ratliff travelled under an official passport according to the leaked e-mails (passports used by US Government officials on government missions abroad). James Hamfeldt is a representative of the Pentagon contractor Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Orbital ATK, USA). Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC has been awarded a $262.6 m contract (2016-2021) W52P1J16D0058 to deliver non US standard weapons to the Pentagon.

In 2017 James Hamfeldt and Christopher Ratliff received an award from the US Central Command for their participation in the program for armament of militants in Syria and Iraq with non US-standard weapons.

Serbian mortar shells manufactured by Krusik can often be seen in the hands of militants in Syria, including in propaganda videos published by Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda in Syria renamed to Fath Al Sham Front). On 3 March 2019 Serbian mortar shells from Krusik were discovered in Al Houla, Syria, hidden in an underground warehouse used by armed groups in the area.1 of 5  

On 3 March 2019 Serbian mortar shells from Krusik were discovered in Al Houla, Syria, hidden in an underground warehouse used by armed groups in the area.
120 mm mortar shells from Krusik in a video published by Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda branch in Syria)
Serbian M74P1 Smoke WP mortar shells from Krusik in the hands of militants in Hama
Serbian M74P1 Smoke WP mortar shells from Krusik in the hands of militants in Hama
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, unload boxes of Serbian 60 mm M73 HE mortar shells from Krusik , supplied by the US-led coalition, in a village north of Raqa on June 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN (Photo credit: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Croatia – the Pentagon arms hub

98,160 pcs. of mortar shells from Krusik purchased by Pentagon contractors were exported to Croatia and stored in the USSOCOM arms depot in Grobnik in just two months – November 2017 and January 2018.

67,960 pcs. of 82 mm Mortar HE were exported on trucks from Serbia to Grobnik, Croatia under contracts with the US companies Global Ordnance and Sierra Four Industries in November 2017. Part of the weapons were packed in air craft pallets meaning that their final destination was not Croatia. The end user indicated was the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). However, none of the US Army commands use non US-standard weapons meaning that the weapons were smuggled to a third party.

Global Ordnance sent to Krusik the USSOCOM revised shipping plan for arms exports to Grobnik Processing site in Podhum, Croatia.
A total of 67,960 pcs. of 82 mm Mortar HE were imported to Croatia by Global Ordnance and Sierra Four Industries in November 2017.

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The end user indicated in the contract is the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Alliant Techsystems Operations (ATK) along with two other Pentagon contractors – UDC (USA) and Global Ordnance (USA), delivered a further 30,200 pcs. of Serbian mortar shells to the USSOCOM Task Force Smoking Gun depot in January 2018. The exporter was the Serbian state-owned company Jugoimport SDPR and the manufacturer – Krusik. A leaked internal memo between Jugoimport and Krusik reveals a very tight delivery schedule in 2018. The US contractors explain that the Croatian depot is over packed.

Below is the translation in English of an e-mail dated December 21, 2017 which Jugoimport-SDPR sent to Krusik:

ATK – planned December delivery of mortar shells 82mm Ill (6,000 pieces), 120mm Ill (2,000 pieces) and 60mm HE (3,000 pieces) postponed to the beginning of 2018. Delivery delay is caused by limited storage capacities in Croatia.

UDC – Delivery of 60mm HE (10,000 pieces) according to our foreign partner’s schedule is planned for the end of January 2018. The delivery of goods will depend on the storage capacities in Croatia, which our foreign partner cannot influence.

Global Ordnance – The first delivery of mortar shells 120mm HE (the first lot of 7,500 pieces) is planned for 15 January 2018, also due to the exhausted storage capacities in Croatia, caused by poor weather conditions for the dispatch of goods to the final destination.

The foreign partner is working intensively on the delivery of 82 mm mortar shells (1,700 pieces) where transit licenses are expected for the final destination in Germany. However, it is to be expected that this delivery will be completed in January 2018.

Also, please inform us when the second lot of 7,500 pieces of mortar shells 120mm HE for Global Ordnance will be ready for testing and acceptance.

End User – Unknown

Alliant Techsystems Operations (ATK) has purchased 198,906 pcs. of mortar shells from Krusik and 11,880,000 pcs. of 7.62×54 mm R Ball from another Serbian arms manufacturer Prvi Partizan under  contracts with the Serbian state-owned company Jugoimport-SDPR. The delivery orders have been funded by the Department of the Army under the US federal contract W52P1J-16-D-0058.

20,000 pcs. of mortar shells purchased by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) have no end user indicated. It is only stated in the contract: “for the US Government’s purposes”. Furthermore, the US Army is not the end user as it does not use non-US standard weapons. According to the contract with Jugoimport SDPR, there are: 3,000 pcs. of 60mm M73 HE Mortar, 5,000 pcs. of 60mm M67 ILL Mortar, 5,000 pcs. of 82mm M67 ILL Mortar, 7,000 pcs. of 120mm M87P1 ILL Mortar, which have been exported without the real end user being indicated in the documents.1 of 4  

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The shipping address indicated on the labels of the mortar shell boxes is the Pentagon arms depot in Croatia.

960 pcs. of mortar shells 82mm M67, ILL were shipped by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) in January of this year to the US Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq. According to e-mails and photos of the boxes with weapons, the only information provided is: Customer – the Republic of Iraq. However, there is no information as to who exactly the end user of the mortar shells is.

Mortar shells boxes ready for export to the US Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center.

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The US company UDC delivered 10,000 pcs. of mortar shells 60 mm M73 HE under a $39 million US federal contract H9222216G0009-0006 in 2018 to the USSOCOM Task Force Smoking Gun arms depot in Croatia. The end user of the weapons is not indicated.

US government contractor: “Remove our name from the labels”

Leaked e-mails between Jugoimport and Krusik reveal a very special US client performing work for the US Government – Mil Spec Industries. The US contractor produces special chemicals and supplies the US Army, according to the company’s website.  In 2017 Mil Spec Industries signed a contract with Jugoimport SDPR for the purchase of 100 pcs. of inert mortar shells 60 mm from the Serbian state-owned manufacturer Krusik at the price of $8,450. According to the contract with Krusik, the end user is the US Government (Vlada SAD in Serbian in the original document). Why would the US Government need 100 pcs. of Serbian inert mortar shells which are non-US standard and therefore cannot be used for training by the US Army?

The end user is the US Government (Vlada SAD in Serbian)

The following correspondence between Jugoimport SDPR and Krusik raises even further questions – the US client did not want its name to be written anywhere.

In an e-mail dated 22 January 2018 Jugoimport instructed Krusik to delete the name of its client Mil Spec Industries from the labels.

The name Mil Spec Industries must be removed from the labels of the mortar shells boxes, according to correspondence between Jugoimport SDPR and Krusik.

Krusik followed the instructions and the name of the US client was deleted.

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