What Hillary’s Damn Emails Distract Us From…
Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for John McCain’s Syrian Rebels have a funny way of ending up on the black market.
According to a fresh report from American and Jordanian officials, some such weapons were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants, and were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman.
The existence of this particular weapons theft, which ended only months ago after complaints by the American and Saudi governments, is being reported for the first time after a joint investigation by The New York Times and Al Jazeera. The theft, involving millions of dollars worth of weapons, highlights the messy, unplanned consequences of programs to arm and train militants. The CIA and Pentagon have conducted such operations for decades and it was just such an operation which was attacked at Benghazi. That is the real issue behind those damn emails.
The Jordanian officers who sold the weapons bought expensive SUVs, iPhones and other luxury items, Jordanian officials said. The theft and resale of the arms, including Kalashnikov assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, have led to a plethora of new weapons available on the black arms market.
Since no Radio Shack tracking devices were installed, investigators have no idea what became of most of them, but a disparate collection of groups, including criminal networks and rural Jordanian tribes, arm themselves in a war torn region. Weapons smugglers also buy these Clinton supplied weapons to ship outside the country.
The US and its allies have been providing military and financial aid to opposition armed groups fighting the Syrian government since 2011, when the country mysteriously became engulfed in deadly foreign-backed terrorism.