Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A Texas plumber has been receiving threats after a photo emerged of Islamic extremists in Syria firing a high-powered gun from the bed of his old pickup, which still bears his company’s logo on the door. An extremist group, Ansar al-Deen Front, posted the photo of its fighters aboard the Ford F-250 sometime on Monday. That prompted a flood of calls to Mark Oberholtzer, who owns Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, and has nothing to do with Syria’s bloody civil war. “How it ended up in Syria, I’ll never know,” Oberholtzer told The Galveston Daily News. Oberholtzer told the paper that he traded in the truck three years ago. The Houston dealership he turned it over to, AutoNation, told KHOU.com that the truck was auctioned at wholesale.
This is not the first time a US based vehicle has shown up in Syria or Iraq used by Islamic terrorists. A Texas SUV loaded with exposives was found in Falluja Nov. 18 2004 and was one of al-Masri’s truck bombs, the vehicle came from Houston TX via Dubai UAE to iraq, the used car company that sent the vehicle is based in Houston and Tampa Fl. Investigators said they are comparing several other cases where vehicles evidently stolen in the United States that wound up in Syria or other Middle East countries and ultimately into the hands of Iraqi insurgent groups — including Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda in Iraq, see http://www.billwarnerpi.com/2008_04_27_archive.html
Inspector John E. Lewis, deputy assistant director of the FBI for counterterrorism said the origins of the vehicles in question were unearthed by tracing the vehicle identification numbers, or VINs. Some of the automobiles can be easily identified, specialists said, while others have had their VINs ground down or have been fitted with fake ones. Investigators believe the cars were stolen by local car thieves in US cities, then smuggled to waiting ships at ports in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Houston, among other cities (Tampa), see http://www.billwarnerpi.com/2008_04_27_archive.html