BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – A large smuggling operation did not go to plan on Monday after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stopped a truck that tried to enter the rebel-held East Ghouta farmland on the outskirts of Damascus.

Upon approaching a SAA checkpoint in east Damascus, the driver was stopped and the lorry thoroughly searched for contraband. In a hidden compartment, hundreds of mortar shells, anti-tank missiles, mines and plenty of ammunition were uncovered by security forces.

Subsequently, the driver was imprisoned and will face interrogation in the coming days. Smuggling from government-held Damascus to the opposition East Ghouta mainland has been an issue since 2012 as civilians often try to make a quick buck, usually financed by Gulf states.

Al-Masdar News has obtained photos of the operation:

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Somewhat ironically, the newly captured armaments – most of which can be traced back to leftovers of the Yugoslav Wars – will be dispersed among units of the National Defence Forces (NDF) to fight various insurgent factions.

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Floriangeyer
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More proof if needed that weapons etc are routed out of the EU to terrorists in Syria. The EU cyber police read all that EU citizens write etc, yet tons of weapons transit out of the EU with ease.

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Stern Daler

Florian. The cash strapped Balkan states in and outside the EU sell weapons to the Gulf Arabs with US and maybe UK plus Turk mediation.
The US NSA and possibly UK have been fore rider in the spying sector.
What can the EU do about this?

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The last time I looked, Bulgaria is an EU member that has been manufacturing massive quantities Soviet era munitions without the approval of Russia and exporting those together with their old weapon stocks via various routes to terrorists in Syria. Poland and other old Warsaw Pact countries have been doing the same. The EU Elite as a whole are perfectly aware of this Stern Daler, so please leave your Ivory Tower of denial and accept that your leaders are complicit in the destruction of Syria and Iraq with proxy terrorism. You have blood on your hands by association. The EU… Read more »

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Actually, LARGE stockpiles of old Soviet-era weaponry was legally bought from all Balkan states by Saudi-Barbaria. Most of former Yugoslavia states are even not in the EU, anyway, there was no export ban to KSA -as there is now- at this moment. Let me remind you, Florian, that although still in the Union, YOUR govt. refuses to comply to the export ban! UK is CLEARLY helping US’ NSA to spy nonetheless on EU citizens but also EU leaders, mostly in order to ruin our trades ans foreign politics. This led to a HUGE scandal when it became public in 2012.… Read more »

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I agree with some of what you say and I personally deplore our commercial links with the Saudi Royals and also with Israel. I suspect that the recent 3.5 billion pounds Saudi arms deal with the UK was as much a British tribute to the US that largely owns BAE Systems and its factories in the UK.

The issue of course is , What will be the likely outcome of the current disaster in the Middle East and will in spark a wider world conflagration ?
None of us would be immune to that.

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6 appropriate words – Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!

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Traduced in Arab : “Allah-Uh-Akhbar” three times?

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youta5

Why not hang the smugglers?

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And all those who fund them Youta5.

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‘coz it’s much more important to make them talk and dead men tell no tales.

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I somewhat doubt that the true reality that Western Countries have been funding and aiding terrorism will be printed or broadcast in the Western MSM anyway !
Certainly not in France.

Also, IF thousands of these Salafists and common criminals are apprehended , what do you suggest is done with them ? Lock them up for life with no parole , Let them go after a determined sentence, Give them amnesty, Deport them etc ?

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Nestor Arapa

Se requiere mas control minucioso para que no sigan pasando armas a los terroristas, este tipo de actos debe ser castigado con penas severas o con pena de muerte considerándolos traición a la patria… Los mercenarios y traficantes de armas lo pensarían dos veces para hacerlo.