Special Investigative Project by BIRN Tracks Arms Trade from Europe to the Middle East
Posted on: July 28, 2016
A year-long investigation by RBF grantee the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and its partner the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, has revealed the emergence of a €1.2 billion arms pipeline fueling conflict in the Middle East. Their reporting tracked more than 60 cargo flights carrying weapons and material from Central and Eastern Europe to Middle Eastern states and Turkey. Evidence indicates that much of the trade was eventually diverted to the brutal civil wars in Syria and Yemen, putting the legality of the sales in question. Coverage of the story was also picked up by The Guardian and the BBC.