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DW: Eastern Europe and the lucrative Middle East arms trade
Many eastern European countries supply arms to the Middle East. The trade is said to be worth more than a billion euros, with the majority of goods going to Saudi Arabia. But the weapons don't stay there. Their ultimate destination is the war in Syria.
War-torn Syria is full of arms: thousands of AK47 assault rifles, machine guns, mortar shells, rocket launchers and anti-tank weapons, aging T-55 and T-72 tanks. Most are believed to come from the following countries: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Montenegro, Serbia and Romania. They reach Syria via a circuitous route. First, they are sent by air or sea to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates or Turkey – then on from there to the war zone. The trade is worth 1.2 billion euros.
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WNU Editor: The West is also guilty of this. Many of the weapons that the Islamic State has are American linked .... weapons either abandoned by the Iraqis, or simply supplied by U.S. allies in the Middle East who do not want to see the Syrian regime of President Assad victorious in this war.