About the project

Making a Killing is part of The Paper Trail Investigations project, carried out by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network - BIRN Kosovo and BIRN HUB – to promote the rule of law, accountability and transparency in the Balkans and Moldova. 

Since the outbreak of war in Syria, weapons from Central and Eastern Europe have flooded the conflict zone through two distinct pipelines – one sponsored by Saudi Arabia and coordinated by the CIA, and the other funded and directed by the Pentagon.

A series of investigations by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have brought to light these multi-billion-dollar weapons deliveries, exposing the misleading documents on which they rely, the controversial dealers at its heart of the trade, and the governments that have profited from war.

The project is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation.