One of the biggest questions that has thus far gone unasked (at least officially) is where did the head-chopping badasses of ISIS get all of those spanking new Toyota pickup trucks. The Islamic terrorist organization seemingly materialized out of the desert like a bad nightmare and commenced a blood-spattered rampage across a destabilized Iraq and Syria but for a ragtag band of fanatics one thing always stuck out – all of those apparently new Toyota vehicles that they were driving. It has always stretched the imagination that the group could exist without some sort of state support (whose state?) despite the media and intelligence reports that it was self-funding. Savvy intelligence types should have been able to pick up the debris from one that had been destroyed in battle and easily traced identifying serial numbers back through the manufacturer and then to the buyer. Now, with NATO and Vladimir Putin locked in a serious pissing contest over Russian airstrikes on the jihadist scum that could inadvertently lead to WW III some of the geniuses in the U.S. Government are finally shaking the trees.
According to reports including this one from ABC News entitled “US Officials Ask How ISIS Got So Many Toyota Trucks”:
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.
“We briefed Treasury on Toyota’s supply chains in the Middle East and the procedures that Toyota has in place to protect supply chain integrity,” said Ed Lewis, Toyota’s Washington-based director of public policy and communications.
Toyota has a “strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities,” Lewis said. He said it is impossible for the company to track vehicles that have been stolen, or have been bought and re-sold by middlemen.
Toyota Hilux pickups, an overseas model similar to the Toyota Tacoma, and Toyota Land Cruisers have become fixtures in videos of the ISIS campaign in Iraq, Syria and Libya, with their truck beds loaded with heavy weapons and cabs jammed with terrorists. The Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, told ABC News that in addition to re-purposing older trucks, his government believes ISIS has acquired “hundreds” of “brand new” Toyotas in recent years.
“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?”
Indeed, “where are they coming from?” is the million dollar question and there is probably a better than even chance that elements of the Saudi regime may have their fingers in the pie. Recall those missing twenty eight pages of the 2002 “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001″ that are said to show some level of Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks that are still being withheld from the public. That the feds are only investigating Toyota now is rather curious timing, perhaps the greatest fear is that Russian intelligence would beat them to running the trace and the information could prove greatly embarrassing if it implicates one of our top allies in the Middle East.