CIA weapons for Syr­ian rebels ‘sold to black mar­ket’

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIRUT—Weapons shipped into Jor­dan for Syr­ian rebels by the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency and Saudi Ara­bia were stolen by Jor­da­nian in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives and sold to arms mer­chants on the black mar­ket, the New York Times re­ported, cit­ing Amer­i­can and Jor­da­nian of­fi­cials.

Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shoot­ing in Novem­ber that killed two Amer­i­cans and three oth­ers at a po­lice train­ing fa­cil­ity in Amman, ac­cord­ing to a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the New York Times and Al Jazeera.

A Jor­da­nian of­fi­cer shot dead two US gov­ern­ment se­cu­rity con­trac­tors, a South African trainer and two Jor­da­ni­ans at a US-funded po­lice train­ing fa­cil­ity near Amman be­fore be­ing killed in a shootout, Jor­da­nian au­thor­i­ties had said in Novem­ber. Amman, af­ter the 2003 US in­va­sion of Iraq to help re­build the shat­tered country’s post­war se­cu­rity forces shoot­ing had orig­i­nally ar­rived in Jor­dan for the Syr­ian rebel train­ing pro­gram, the pa­per re­ported, cit­ing Amer­i­can and Jor­da­nian of­fi­cials.

Theft of the weapons, which ended months ago af­ter com­plaints by the Amer­i­can and Saudi gov­ern­ments, has led to a flood of new weapons avail­able on the arms black mar­ket, the New York Times said.

Jor­da­nian of­fi­cers who were part of the plan “reaped a wind­fall” from sale of weapons, us­ing the money to buy iPhones, SUVs and other lux­ury items, ac­cord­ing to the pa­per, which cited Jor­da­nian of­fi­cials.

The CIA could not be im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment.—Agen­cies area of no man’s land where thou­sands of Syr­ian refugees are stranded and where the fron­tiers of Iraq, Syria and Jor­dan meet.

Quot­ing an un­named source, the Amaq state­ment said the at­tack against “the Jor­da­nian-Amer­i­can base at Ruk­ban in Jor­dan was car­ried out by an Is­lamic State fighter”.

Ac­cord­ing to the Jor­da­nian army, the sui­cide bomber set off from the makeshift Syr­ian refugee camp near the Ruk­ban cross­ing in Jor­dan’s re­mote north­east.

He then en­tered Jor­da­nian ter­ri­tory through an open­ing used for hu­man­i­tar­ian aid de­liv­er­ies and blew him­self up as he reached a mil­i­tary post, it added.

Jor­dan hosts hun­dreds of thou­sands of Syr­ian refugees and thou­sands more have been stranded at the fron­tier since Jan­uary. King Ab­dul­lah strongly con­demned the at­tack and said that Jor­da­nian armed forces would strike back “with an iron fist”.—Agen­cies

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