US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew
We have all seen the videos depicting caravans of Toyota trucks being driven by ISIS forces in Iraq, Syria and Libya. The big question is how did the terrorist group acquire so many of the company’s SUV and trucks. While Toyota maintains that it does not know how ISIS obtained all the vehicles, stating that it has a “strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities,” Ed Lewis, Toyota’s Washington-based director of public policy and communications stated that the Japanese automaker is in full support of investigations now being made by the Terror Financing unit of the Treasury Department in conjunction with other American counter-terror officials. He also stated that his company has “briefed Treasury on Toyota’s supply chains in the Middle East and the procedures that Toyota has in place to protect supply chain integrity.”
According to a report by ABC News Toyota’s own records indicate that sales of Hilux and Land Cruisers jumped from 6,000 units purchased in Iraq in 2011 to 18,000 in 2013. However, sales for 2014 amounted to only 13,000. However, they have no way of tracking the vehicles once they were bought. However, a 2014 report by Public Radio International noted that Hilux trucks were highly sought after by both the Syrian army and Taliban since the `1990’s. They also reported that 43 Toyota trucks had been supplied to Syrian rebels by our own State Department, while there have been questions about whether 800 trucks missing in Sydney, Australia might have also found their way to ISIS somehow.