TELEGRAM – THE MESSAGING APP FUELLING SYRIA’S INSURGENCY

On 6th November, Foreign Policy published an article illustrating how the Telegram app, with militants in Syria trading thousands of weapons in publicly accessible black markets hosted on the app, including dozens of US military assault rifles and parts for the same kind of anti-tank missile systems distributed by the CIA to anti-Bashar al-Assad rebels.  Foreign Policy undertook an exclusive investigation to determine the scale of these arms markets, and where the weapons that ended up on them originated.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/11/06/the-messaging-app-fueling-syrias-insurgency-telegram-arms-weapons/

See also CNN on 20th February –

US ASSAULT RIFLES ARE BEING SOLD ON THE TELEGRAM MESSAGING APP IN SYRIA

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/20/middleeast/us-weapons-telegram-syria-intl/index.html

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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