Why is This Truck So Popular With ISIS Terrorists? The US Government Wants to Know.
Hey! Toyota! What is up with all the ISIS nuts driving your pick-up trucks and SUVs? We are noticing a pattern here, and it is a pretty blatant one at that.
Sadly, Toyota has no clue. The company states they have a “strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities,” according to Ed Lewis, company executive. Unfortunately, tracking stolen property is difficult, as is trying to identify the middlemen that orchestrate such nefarious purchases or heists. Toyota is looking into the situation and Lewis says the company has “briefed Treasury [Terror Financing Unit of the US Treasury Department] on Toyota’s supply chains in the Middle East and the procedures that Toyota has in place to protect supply chain integrity.”
While the world sees what appears to be newer models of Toyotas splashed across ISIS propaganda videos and stills, the company says that not all of the vehicles are newer. Regardless, there are certainly a lot of Toyotas carting terrorists around the Middle East.
Toyota sales to Iraqi dealerships have ranged from 6,000 to 18,000 between 2011 and 2014. No matter how you dice it, that is quite a spread of numbers. Especially for a country that has been rocked with political unrest and devastation for most of those years. Are the vehicles making it to the dealerships? Are they being stolen from the dealerships? Is there any record of any of this?
Toyota is looking into the matter and if they determine that the dealerships have been willfully selling their vehicles to terrorists they will cut them off. Their probe will look into whether theft of their vehicles is the cause, the takeover of cities and confiscation of all things by ISIS, or whether fleets of vehicles are being purchased by their wealthy facilitators.
Thankfully, Toyota appears to be serious about looking into this. However, for a period of time would it be too much to ask that Toyota just not sell vehicles to the region? Six-thousand to 18,000 vehicles can’t possibly be a lot of inventory for them to temporarily halt, or at least pause shipment while their investigation is ongoing.