A BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network) investigation has revealed that Saudi Arabia, among other countries including the United States and United Arab Emirates, have bought over $600 million dollars worth of Soviet weaponry from Bulgaria in the last two years.
The report also concludes that the weaponry is being bought for opposition groups fighting the Syrian government. Saudi Arabian forces do not use soviet-style equipment, however, the armed opposition in Syria does.
Bulgaria has long had a reputation for supplying arms to rebel groups throughout Africa and Asia, including the sectarian Hutu tribesmen who were responsible for the 1994 Tutsi-genocide in Rwanda.
This report comes as Saudi Arabia formed a 34 country predominately Muslim coalition to counter terrorism less than a month ago; however, key countries such as Syria, Iraq and Iran were excluded from the pact.
“It is time that the Islamic world take a stand, and they have done that by creating a coalition to push back and confront the terrorists and those who promote their violent ideologies,” Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir said.
Meanwhile, ISIL and Syrian opposition groups such as the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front, continue to follow the ideology of Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative branch of Sunni Islam that originates from Saudi Arabia and continues to shape its governing.