US Officials Grill Toyota Over ISIS video
Terrorist organization ISIS recently released a number of propaganda videos from Iraq, Syria and Libya, which show them parading around in Toyota-made pickup trucks and sports-utility vehicles. An inquest into the video has left U.S. officials wondering how the jihadist faction acquired the vehicles, according to an ABC News report.
Vehicles shown include the Hilux and the Land Cruiser. “ISIS has used these vehicles in order to engage in military-type activities, terror activities, and the like,” former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Mark Wallace told ABC News. “But in nearly every ISIS video, they show a fleet – a convoy of Toyota vehicles and that’s very concerning to us.”
Mark Wallace, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told ABC News, “ISIS has used these vehicles in order to engage in military-type activities, terror activities, and the like. But in nearly every ISIS video, they show a fleet — a convoy of Toyota vehicles and that’s very concerning to us.”
The U.S. has long pleaded with automobile giants to prevent selling goods to terrorists. In the wake of the controversy, Toyota said in a statement that it can’t control if its vehicles are re-sold or stolen after they leave its dealership shops. “We are committed to complying fully with the laws and regulations of each country or region where we operate, and require our dealers and distributors to do the same,” Toyota’s statement reads. “We are supporting the U.S. Treasury Department’s broader inquiry into international supply chains and the flow of capital and goods in the Middle East.”
The vehicles shown in the ISIS videos are older Toyota models, according to ABC. Hyundais, Mitsubishis, and Isuzus are also depicted, though to a lesser extent. It’s possible some of the Toyota vehicles are being smuggled into the region, an Iraqi military spokesman told the network.