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Ibrahim Al Jabberi for Diario di Vic
U.S. counter-terror officials had asked Toyota, 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 reports.
Toyota Hilux Vehicles used by ISIS Convoys.
Most used Toyota cars are :
- Toyota Hilux is a pickup truck that costs between 20,185€ to 25,584€ in Saudi Arabia.
- Toyota Land Cruiser is a four-wheel drive vehicle that costs between 40,819 € to 72,013€ still in Saudi Arabia.
(prices taken from “Abdul Latif Jameel Company”’s website, Toyota’s largest independent distributor in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and many other countries).
In Syria, Abdul Latif Jameel Company sales operation was halted in 2012.
As Toyota said, Toyota’s own figures show sales of Hilux and Land Cruisers tripling from 6,000 sold in Iraq in 2011 to 18,000 sold in 2013, before sales dropped back to 13,000 in 2014.
In 2013 Toyota Sales reached 285,000 in Saudi Arabia, multiplied by 30,000 Euros as an average of car price, will result 8,55 billions in revenues.
In Iraq, 18 000 cars, multiplied by 30,000 Euros as an average car price, gives 0.54 billion in revenues.
If we compare the sales to the country’s population, Saudi Arabia Population have 30,770,375 citizens in 2014, Iraq population was 36,004,552 in 2014.
Speaking of the high rate of sales in Iraq in 2013 (18,000 cars in one year) since ISIS occupied Mosul, the Shia Secular Ali al-Sistani’ declared righteous jihad against ISIS, many Iraqi Shia militias joined People’s Mobilization Forces. The forces would be to fall under the umbrella of the state’s security services and within the legal frameworks and practices of the Iraq’s Ministry of Home Affairs in Iraq and supported by Iran.
Iraqi People’s Mobilization Forces going to Ramadi City in Iraq to fight against ISIS using Toyota Vehicles.
Toyota Vehicle used by Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga Forces active in Iraqi Kurdistan also fighting against ISIS.
in the other side of this war, there are many of Private Security Companies who working in Iraq and providing security for Oil & Gas companies expat employees also using Toyota Vehicles after armoring them in special local factories in Iraq & Jordan.Security company convoy using Toyota Vehicles in Iraq.
Armored Lexus one of Toyota Brands.
These armored offroader are usually used by government members, Private Security Companies and businessmen to have protection during any attack that may occurs.
Generally Toyota Cars are among the best pickup vehicles with body structure that ensures toughness and high-quality interior and improved towing capabilities, making them suitable for geographical terrain like Iraq & Syrian’s.
Toyota said in a statement to Autoblog that it has a strict policy not to sell vehicles to groups who may use them for paramilitary or terrorist activities, but notes that it can’t control if its vehicles are re-sold, stolen, or repurposed after they leave dealerships.
A more recent report in an Australian newspaper said that more than 800 of the trucks had been reported missing in Sydney between 2014 and 2015, and quoted terror experts speculating that they may have been exported to ISIS territory.
I tried here to explain the high rate of sales of toyota cars in Iraq but why Toyota has high rate of sales in Saudi Arabia?
Actually the question should be asked to Abdul Latif Jameel Company and Saudi Government as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar were supporting Syrian rebels and Islamic groups in Syria against Al-Assad regime. And it looks like these cars were transported from Saudi Arabia to Syria and then to Iraq, specially in ISIS hands. Also not to forget the war in Yemen and Saudi Arabia Supporting New Government fighters with all equipement needed.
Saudi Arabia military on Yemen borders with Toyota Vehicles.