Croatia makes millions on war in Syria

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In the first nine months of last year, the official Zagreb has sold ammunition, mines and rocket launchers in the amount of 83 million euros, Telegraf reports.

Croatia earns millions of euros on war in Syria, selling ammunition and weapons from the Yugoslav war period and the nineties, says Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

In the first nine months of last year, the official Zagreb has sold ammunition, mines and rocket launchers in the amount of 83 million euros (88 million dollars).

Video footage and photographs that have emerged from Syria are conclusive evidence of the presence of ammunition and weapons of Croatian production in that country.

The little-known UN data show that since December 2012, and the start of war in Syria, Croatia exported arms and ammunition valued at 126 million euros (134 million dollars) to Saudi Arabia and 44 million euros to Jordan.

Croatia has supplied a total of more than 6,000 tons of ammunition for hand and light weapons, which probably meant bullets, mortar shells, rockets, grenades, to the “the Gulf kingdom” (Saudi Arabia) alone.

As the research reveals, between 2012 and 2014, Croatia has approved export licenses worth 302 million euros (322 million dollars) in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and also to the four key suppliers of Syrian opposition.

Croatia is one of the first countries that supplied weapons to Syrian rebels, freeing themselves from the ammunition supplies during the winter of 2012.

The equipment is directed over Jordan, and paid from Saudi Arabia, in coordination with the CIA. Since then, the weapons transferred from middle and east Europe is valued more than billion euros (1.65 billion dollars).

From the moment when the first deliveries were discovered, Croatia has made best efforts for the details of this trade not to emerge in the media, which led to the removal of key information (such as the final destination) from official reports.

UN data on trade reveal that Croatia exported more than 2,600 tonnes of old ammunition (which Croatian army declared surplus) to the modern Saudi Arabia military between February and September last year.

UN trade data show that before 2012, Croatia exported less than one million euros a year in ammunition.

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