US asks why extremists drive Toyotas

Toyota has spoken with US officials about the prominent use of its vehicles by militants in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

Toyota trucks are conspicuous in extremist propaganda and are often what carry Islamic State fighters to war, some with large-calibre weapons affixed to truck beds.

The company says it prohibits sales to anyone who might modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities.

There are procedures in place to prevent vehicles from being diverted for unauthorised military use, but Toyota says it is impossible to control channels through which vehicles may be misappropriated or resold by third parties.

The Treasury Department’s terrorism and financial intelligence wing monitors monetary transfers and the flow of goods that could aid militants, but the department declined to comment .


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