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Published On: Fri, Oct 9th, 2015

The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved

Tony Cartalucci (NEO) : The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia’s air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a key role in arming, funding, and intentionally perpetuating the terrorist army across Syria and Iraq.

FSA_Toyota Hilux_SyriaABC News in their article, “US Officials Ask How ISIS Got So Many Toyota Trucks,” reports:

U.S. counter-terror officials have asked Toyota, the world’s second largest auto maker, to help them determine how ISIS has managed to acquire the large number of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs seen prominently in the terror group’s propaganda videos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, ABC News has learned. 

Toyota says it does not know how ISIS obtained the vehicles and is “supporting” the inquiry led by the Terror Financing unit of the Treasury Department — part of a broad U.S. effort to prevent Western-made goods from ending up in the hands of the terror group.

The report went on to cite Iraqi Ambassador to the US, Lukman Faily:

“This is a question we’ve been asking our neighbors,” Faily said. “How could these brand new trucks… these four wheel drives, hundreds of them — where are they coming from?”

Not surprisingly, it appears the US Treasury is asking the wrong party. Instead of Toyota, the US Treasury’s inquiry should have started next door at the US State Department.

ISIL_ISIS_IRAQ_ISIL Convoy_LDMystery Solved 

Just last year it was reported that the US State Department had been sending in fleets of specifically Toyota-brand trucks into Syria to whom they claimed was the “Free Syrian Army.”

US foundation-funded Public Radio International (PRI) reported in a 2014 article titled, “This one Toyota pickup truck is at the top of the shopping list for the Free Syrian Army — and the Taliban,” that:

Recently, when the US State Department resumed sending non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels, the delivery list included 43 Toyota trucks.

Hiluxes were on the Free Syrian Army’s wish list. Oubai Shahbander, a Washington-based advisor to the Syrian National Coalition, is a fan of the truck.

“Specific equipment like the Toyota Hiluxes are what we refer to as force enablers for the moderate opposition forces on the ground,” he adds. Shahbander says the US-supplied pickups will be delivering troops and supplies into battle. Some of the fleet will even become battlefield weapons..

The British government has also admittedly supplied a number of vehicles to terrorists fighting inside of Syria. The British Independent’s 2013 article titled, “Revealed: What the West has given Syria’s rebels,” reported that:

So far the UK has sent around £8m of “non-lethal” aid, according to official papers seen by The Independent, comprising five 4×4 vehicles with ballistic protection; 20 sets of body armour; four trucks (three 25 tonne, one 20 tonne); six 4×4 SUVs; five non-armoured pick-ups; one recovery vehicle; four fork-lifts; three advanced “resilience kits” for region hubs, designed to rescue people in emergencies; 130 solar powered batteries; around 400 radios; water purification and rubbish collection kits; laptops; VSATs (small satellite systems for data communications) and printers.

It’s fair to say that whatever pipeline the US State Department and the British government used to supply terrorists in Syria with these trucks was likely used to send additional vehicles before and after these reports were made public.

The mystery of how hundreds of identical, brand-new ISIS-owned Toyota trucks have made it into Syria is solved. Not only has the US and British government admitted in the past to supplying them, their military forces and intelligence agencies ply the borders of Turkey, Jordan, and even Iraq where these fleets of trucks must have surely passed on their way to Syria – even if other regional actors supplied them. While previous admissions to supplying the vehicles implicates the West directly, that nothing resembling interdiction operations have been set up along any of these borders implicates the West as complicit with other parties also supplying vehicles to terrorists inside of Syria.

What Mystery?

Of course, much of this is not new information. So the question remains – why is the US Treasury just now carrying on with this transparent charade? Perhaps those in Washington believe that if the US government is the one asking this obvious question of how ISIS has managed to field such an impressive mechanized army in the middle of the Syrian desert, no one will suspect they had a role in it.

Of course, the trucks didn’t materialize in Syria. They originated outside of Syria and were brought in, and in great numbers, with the explicit knowledge and/or direct complicity of the US and its regional allies. Asking Toyota where the US State Department’s own trucks came from is another indication of just how lost US foreign policy, legitimacy, and credibility has become.

Russia’s intervention, and what should become a widely supported anti-terror coalition must keep in mind the criminality of the US and its partners when choosing its own partners in efforts to restore security and order across the Middle East and North Africa.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

About the Author

- Tony Cartalucci is an independent analyst based in Bangkok, Thailand, and the editor and founder of Land Destroyer Report, AltThai News Network and Local.Org. Tony Cartalucci also contributes to nsnbc international, our partner media New Eastern outlook and others.

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  1. Debbie says:

    Maybe it’s the US State Department’s way of subsidizing Japan after their US-made General Electric reactors blasted Fukushima. ;) Fantastic Toyota.

    I agree that the issue is solved sufficiently for the general public, but we still need exact names, bank details and evidence that can be produced in a court of law. If necessary a “peoples’ court”. ;)

  2. David Salter says:

    They should ask the Pentagon, they probably still have the receipts.

  3. It is simply shocking, for how primitive the US administration in Washinton thinks we in the world ar??? They think may be we are so stupid as their citizens….
    As the aithors wrotes: Perhaps those in Washington believe that if the US government is the one asking this obvious question of how ISIS has managed to field such an impressive mechanized army in the middle of the Syrian desert, no one will suspect they had a role in it.
    The show is over Washingrton- You did lost minimum 90 % of Your credibility- times had changed- so it is time to step away from the world scene – dont You think??

  4. Hirama Tamihana says:

    With Russia presents and Putin has already spoken to western journalist about Saudi and Turkey involvement it wont belong before this will raise its ugly head

  5. anonymous says:

    Same utes are being stolen from owners in Australia and probably other countries. Police are even warning new owners before leaving the dealer.

  6. P Powell says:

    Propaganda has started in the media, saying Russia are bombing civilians in Syria, because the USA won’t be able to take it if they’re more successful at getting rid of the Islamic State. Even if they were, nothing happens when the USA bomb civilians. A whole tank of British soldiers were bombed in the 1st Iraq war by the USA.
    Recently U.S. airstrike bombed hospital in Afghanistan, killing 19 staff of Doctors Without Borders and at least 7 patients, including 3 children.
    Is the world being run by idiots, or are the USA allied countries purposely trying to help the Islamic State take over? Like how the USA armed and trained Islamic extremists in Afghanistan to get one over on Russia?
    Many Islamic extremists don’t want Assad in the position because he isn’t an Islamic extremist. He’s not Sunni, nor Shiite Muslim. They follow the Alawite faith. Which… condensed, means “get along but don’t push or convert me”.
    The USA want support arming the Islamic State against Assad. They want us to think the mild mannered NHS eye doctor Assad who had no ambitions of leadership, hence why he spent years training in medicine before his father put him in the job, and his British born wife who worked for a bank, are worthy of more support to be overthrown than Saudi Arabia, where women don’t have full rights as humans. The USA couldn’t care about what Saudi Arabia do.
    Maybe they want it to be like Libya where since we helped murder Gaddafi, Islamic extremists are going over the border to Tunisia to shoot tourists.

  7. End the suspicion and get some FACTS. Each vehicle is manufactured with a VIN plate affixed. Get the VIN numbers (in plain sight) from some trucks and TRACE the things. That’s what the numbers are there FOR.

  8. Jeremy says:

    We already knew this anyway. Our government has gone completely rogue, and are in fact funding and arming the terrorists. Hell we already know where the pipeline was. BENGHAZI. The propaganda has started because the US is in a very bad spot. Russia’s going to destroy their allies, ISIS.

  9. So THAT’S where my taxes go!!

  10. CAMAven says:

    All they had to do was trace a few serial numbers of captured and/or abandoned trucks.

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