The New York Times has reported that weapons shipped into Jordan for Syrian rebels by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market.
According to an investigation by the New York Times and Al Jazeera, some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman.
In this incident, a Jordanian officer killed two U.S. government security contractors, a South African trainer and two Jordanians at a U.S.-funded police training facility near Amman. This officer was then killed in a shootout.
The training facility was set up on the outskirts of the capital, Amman, after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq to help rebuild the country’s security forces, and also set up to train Palestinian Authority police officers.
The weapons used in the shooting had originally arrived in Jordan for the Syrian rebel training program, the paper reported, citing American and Jordanian officials.
The theft of these guns has led to a flood of new weapons available on the arms black market.
It was then reported by Jordanian officials that the Jordanian officers who sold the weapons used the money to buy iPhones, SUVs and other luxury items.
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