Toyota under scrutiny as regards ISIS usage of their vehicles

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Toyota is currently undergoing series of investigations from the U.S. Treasury as to how the Islamic extremist group has gotten hold of the automaker’s trucks, which have been shown in ISIS propaganda videos.

In a statement, Toyota said it is part of a broader U.S. Treasury inquiry looking more closely on how international supply chains and capital flow into the
Middle East.
The request of Toyota regarding their trucks was first reported by ABC News.

Toyota is “committed to complying fully with the laws and regulations of each country or region where we operate and require our dealers and
distributors to do the same. We are supporting the U.S. Treasury Department’s broader inquiry into
international supply chains and the flow of capital and goods in the Middle East,” Toyota spokesperson Ed Lewis said.

Lewis said its impossible for any automaker to completely control how vehicles could be misappropriated, stolen or resold by independent third parties.

“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,” Lewis said.

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Lewis suggested the inquiry looks into a number of private companies.

“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 Treasury Department has not commented about which companies it has sought information from but said there is an ongoing efforts to understand ISIS financing.

“In line with our usual approach to understanding ISIL’s financial and economic activities, we are
working closely with foreign counterparts and stakeholders worldwide,” the Treasury Department said in a statement.

Photos of ISIS usage of Toyota vehicles below……….

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