By Bonnie Kristian
The black market in Syria and Jordan has an exciting new supplier of high-grade weaponry perfect for your next militia of questionable ideological motivation! It’s called the U.S. government, and it’s pumping new guns and other military equipment into the Mideast’s underground economy on the regular, all courtesy of the American taxpayer!
That’s the finding of the FBI’s investigation of a November 2015 attack in Jordan which left five people, including two Americans, dead by means of CIA-provided equipment: Weapons shipments the CIA brought into Jordan to supply Syrian rebels were systematically stolen by Jordanian spies and sold on the black market, a tidy profit for criminals unwittingly supplied at our expense.
This revelation is the newest indication that Washington is failing miserably in its efforts to engineer the outcome of the Syrian civil war—but it’s hardly the only evidence to that effect.
To read this piece in it's entirety, click HERE. This piece was originally published by U.S. News and World Report on July 13, 2016.
Bonnie Kristian is a fellow at Defense Priorities. She is a weekend editor at The Week and a columnist at Rare, and her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, Relevant Magazine and The American Conservative, among other outlets.