US treasury to investigate why ISIS favour Toyota over other car brands
Published 07/10/2015 | 23:21
An investigation has been launched as to why ISIS appear to have a preference for Toyota vehicles.
The Japanese car manufacture have scrutinised the sale of its vehicles, particularly the Toyota Hilux and the Toyota Land Cruiser, which have appeared in the terror group's propaganda videos in Iraq, and Libya, loaded with heavy weapons.
A former US ambassador to the UN, Mark Wallace, said that these two Toyota vehicles have 'regrettably become almost part of the ISIS brand'.
A Toyota spokesperson told CNN News that it was impossible for any car manufacturer to control the availability of vehicles in the Middle East..
"Toyota has a strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities, and we have procedures and contractual commitments in place to help prevent our products from being diverted for unauthorized military use."
He added that the investigation into Toyota was part of a US Treasury enquiry looking into how money and resources find their way to ISIS.
"Our understanding is that Treasury has been conducting a broad review of supply chains and the flow of goods into the Middle East, including financial institutions, manufacturers and energy companies."
The Iraqi ambassador to the US Lukman Faily said that his government believed ISIS had acquired "hundreds" of "brand new" Toyotas in recent years.
“This is a question we’ve been asking our neighbours.
"How could these brand new trucks,these four wheel drives, hundreds of them, where are they coming from?” he said.
Recently ISIS videos have depicted small numbers of other types of cars including Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Isuzu.