Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Saudi Arabia are being sold on black market'



Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Saudi Arabia intended to be sent to Syrian opposition groups have been stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.


The theft, which ended after US and Saudi governments' complaints, was revealed in a joint investigation by Al Jazeera and The New York Times.



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, according to the same sources.



The Jordanian officers who participated in the theft are alleged to have used the money to buy expensive, luxury items, Jordanian officials said.



Several dozens of officers allegedly involved in the theft were arrested over the complaints of the Americans and Saudis.



The investigation revealed the training programme, which in 2013 began directly arming the opposition under the code name Timber Sycamore, is run by the CIA and several Arab intelligence services and aimed at building up forces opposing the Bashar al-Assad regime of Syria.



The program is separate from one that the Pentagon set up to train opposition to combat ISIL rather than the Syrian military.


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