US supplied moderate rebel Al Qaeda offshoot with Toyota vehicles

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Non-lethal weapons 

Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten
October 18, 2015

Translated from German by TomWinter
In its raids and operations, ISIS mainly uses Toyota HILUX pickup trucks. This is the model the United States has already been delivering to the so-called “rebels” of the Al Nusra Front. Subsequently, Toyota pickups have fallen into ISIS hands, and the Al Nusra Front itself is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.

The United States supplies these particular pickups from Toyota to their allies in Syria. But now these vehicles have appeared being used by ISIS.

Last year’s delivery list of non-lethal weapons to the Syrian rebels included 43 Toyota pickups, according to Oubai Shahbander, a Washington-based consultant in the Syria National Coalition, reported Public Radio International.

Non-lethal weapons, “exactly what moderate forces need…”

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“Specially featured trucks like the Toyota HILUX are exactly what we need as a military support for the moderate opposition forces on the ground,” said Oubai Shahbander. The Syrian rebels are the Al Nusra Front, which is an offshoot of Al Qaeda, reports The Spectator. ISIS has apparently acquired their Toyota vehicles from the Al Nusra Front. Senior US officials have contacted the Toyota automobile company to have them investigate [how new Toyota trucks are getting to ISIS -tr]. 

But the United States is running the risk of committing a big mistake all over again. Just two weeks after entry of Russia into the war, the United States began a policy of in air-dropping ammunition in order to strengthen the rebels.

Last Sunday cargo aircraft of the US military airdropped firearms ammunition over the north of the country to help the “insurgents” in the fight against the ISIS, said military circles in Washington.

Much of the arm supplies would fall into the hands of terrorist organizations, criticized the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to a report from the news agency RIA.

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