The presence of these Toyota vehicles raises questions, given that Afghanistan has been subjected for five years to one of the strictest economic sanctions ever applied by the United Nations and the US Government. Toyota's unease at being associated with the Taliban and Al Qaeda is evident.
In its September statement, the company said, "Toyota does not have a sales or distribution channel in Afghanistan, and we do not export vehicles to that country." "Any other Toyota products presently in the country have probably arrived from neighboring countries via unofficial channels" - that is, they were smuggled from Dubai or Kuwait to Iran and Pakistan and into Afghanistan. It's all about the cars and trucks, supplied by Muslim car dealers in support of terrorism !
There is no army on earth as mobile as the Taliban. Piled into the back of hundreds of open Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks, their vehicle of choice, and carrying no possessions other than their weapons, the Taliban Calvary can move nimbly ("Toyota does not have a sales or distribution channel in Afghanistan, and does not export vehicles to that country.") . Few have any education beyond years spent in the madrassas, the fundamentalist religious schools in Pakistan that have produced an endless supply of Taliban (and suicide bombers) for more than a decade.
The Toyota pickup truck has become an icon of irregular armies worldwide. When mounted with an anti-aircraft cannon or a rocket laucher on its bed, it is called a technical and technicals have helped militas wage and win war against armies equipped with mechanized divisions. There was even a conflict in 1987 called the Toyota War, in which Chad’s Toyota-equipped troops defeated Muammar al-Gaddafi’s Libyan army.
The practice is not local to Africa. In Afghanistan, it was an influx of Toyota pickups from Pakistan’s ISI spy agency which transformed the Taliban from a Kandahar militia to a force which took over most of Afghanistan with remarkable speed, defeating established mujahideen commanders with decades of experience.
UPDATE Friday, December 04, 2009...STOLEN VEHICLES BOLSTER TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN WILL STIFLE SURGE, SMUGGLED TOYOTA PICK UP TRUCKS THE BACKBONE OF THE TALIBAN CAVALRY AND THE FBI HAS KNOWN SINCE 2001.
Bill Warner private investigator Sarasota Fl www.wbipi.com