Toyota list implicates Arab States in ISIS funding

Alwaght- Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Jordan have purchased over 60,000 pickup trucks from Toyota Motor Corporation, according to a list of Middle East customers provided by the Japanese manufacturer. These vehicles have been delivered to ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq, proving once again these Arab states’ involvement in the sustenance of the terrorist group.

Videos and photos featuring hundreds of Toyota pickups being driven by ISIS terrorists have been circulated, raising questions as to how the terrorist organization got a hold of the four-wheel drives.

Toyota has a “strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities.” It does sell to customers in the west Asia but said last year that the company has procedure “place to protect supply chain integrity.”

After photos of hundreds of these pickups that were either seized or targeted by the Syrian army were sent to Toyota, the company decided to reveal a list of its main Middle East customers that have bought the vehicles.

A Saudi firm has purchased a sum of 22,500 trucks, Qatar 32,000, the UAE 11,650 and the Jordanian Army 4,500 vehicles from Toyota, the list shows.

A significant number of these vehicles have already reached the hands of ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Sources place the number of Toyota vehicles over 60,000.

This only confirms what has already been established, that some Arab states are funding and supporting terrorist groups in the region. However, instead of being prosecuted and held accountable for endorsing terrorism, world powers and organizations are turning a blind eye to this fact.

The situation is indeed sardonic as the same states that have planted and are nourishing the roots of terrorism are allegedly taking part in the operations to pluck them from Syrian and Iraqi territories.

The Iraqi and Syrian governments have launched operations to eradicate ISIS from their countries. Several other states have joined this task in an attempt to prevent the terrorist organization from further expanding in the region, or so it seems.

For regimes like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, good will is a long shot. Toyota’s customer list serves as evidence to Riyadh’s and three other states’ involvement with ISIS. In fact, it clearly shows that they are providing logistical support for the militants.

At the same time, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Jordan have joined the anti-ISIS coalition in Syria, supposedly taking part in airstrikes against militant positions.

Yet this is a smokescreen that aims to cover up the real role these countries are playing in the war on Syria. Simply put, these countries are on ISIS’s side.

Providing highly efficient Toyota trucks is only one way these states are helping ISIS maintain its presence in Syria and Iraq.

The Washington Institute has published a report, denying Saudi state-sponsored terrorism but acknowledged that funds are being transferred from the country to militant groups.

“Arab Gulf donors as a whole — of which Saudis are believed to be the most charitable — have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Syria in recent years, including to ISIS and other groups. There is support for ISIS in Saudi Arabia, and the group directly targets Saudis with fundraising campaigns, so Riyadh could do much more to limit private funding,” the report states.

In October, an email US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to her campaign chairman John Podesta in 2014 was leaked.

The email mentioned that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are both giving financial and logistical support to the ISIS and other extremist groups, according to a recent Wikileaks release.

“While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” Clinton wrote.

In 2009, when Clinton was US secretary of state, she signed a memo that described Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups.

Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE.

Clinton, however, is not the only US official who has revealed this fact. During a speech at Harvard University in 2014, US Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had extended “billions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons” to Sunni fighters trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. However, he was later forced to make an apology to appease the US allies.

Turkey is no stranger to this group of suppliers who are backing militant groups in Syria and Iraq. In fact, Ankara came under the limelight when the Russian General Staff said Turkey was delivering the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front terrorist group with arms shipments across the border on a daily basis. Turkey is also responsible for the infiltration of militants to Syria through its border.

The list can go on. But for now, the Toyota list must suffice to implicate Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Jordan in the killing of the Syrian people at the hands of ISIS. By supporting and funding such a group for whatever political agendas they may have, these foreign sponsors are guilty of bloodshed in war-torn Syria and Iraq as it is obvious that terrorists could never sustain their activities without unyielding support from regional and international powers.

By Alwaght