US weapons intended for Syrian rebels sold on Jordan’s black market

American weapons and ammunition that the CIA had sent to Jordan for transfer to the rebels in Syria have found their way to the Jordanian black market, according to US media reports on Monday. Over the past year, the CIA airlifted assault rifles, ammunition, grenade launchers, explosive devices, shoulder-fired missiles, communications systems and protective gear to Jordan for the rebels. However, Jordanian intelligence officers in charge of the operation stole some of the shipments and sold them on the local black market for millions of dollars. Some of the stolen weapons were used in the November 2015 attack on a Jordanian training base in Amman in which two American instructors and three locals were killed. The stealing of US weapons on such a wide scale shows the unsupervised manner in which the US intelligence service tried to arm unidentified rebel groups.

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