C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say

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The wake in Rimoun, Jordan, for Anwar Abu Zaid, a troops captain who was killed after he pounded a troops training core in November. American and Jordanian officials pronounced they believed that a weapons he used had been meant for a module to sight Syrian rebels.

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AMMAN, Jordan — Weapons shipped into Jordan by a Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia dictated for Syrian rebels have been evenly stolen by Jordanian comprehension operatives and sole to arms merchants on a black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

Some of a stolen weapons were used in a sharpened in Nov that killed dual Americans and 3 others during a troops training trickery in Amman, F.B.I. officials trust after months of questioning a attack, according to people informed with a investigation.

The existence of a weapons theft, that finished usually months ago after complaints by a American and Saudi governments, is being reported for a initial time after a corner review by The New York Times and Al Jazeera. The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights a messy, random consequences of programs to arm and sight rebels — a kind of module a C.I.A. and Pentagon have conducted for decades — even after a Obama administration had hoped to keep a training module in Jordan underneath parsimonious control.

The Jordanian officers who were partial of a intrigue reaped a asset from a weapons sales, regulating a income to buy costly SUVs, iPhones and other oppulance items, Jordanian officials said.

The burglary and resale of a arms — including Kalashnikov attack rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades — have led to a inundate of new weapons accessible on a black arms market. Investigators do not know what became of many of them, though a manifold collection of groups, including rapist networks and farming Jordanian tribes, use a arms bazaars to build their arsenals. Weapons smugglers also buy weapons in a arms bazaars to boat outward a country.

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The F.B.I. review into a Amman shooting, run by a bureau’s Washington margin office, is continuing. But American and Jordanian officials pronounced a investigators believed that a weapons a Jordanian troops captain, Anwar Abu Zaid, used to gun down dual American contractors, dual Jordanians and one South African had creatively arrived in Jordan dictated for a Syrian rebel-training program.

The officials pronounced this anticipating had come from tracing a sequence numbers of a weapons.

Mohammad H. al-Momani, Jordan’s apportion of state for media affairs, pronounced allegations that Jordanian comprehension officers had been concerned in any weapons thefts were “absolutely incorrect.”

“Weapons of a confidence institutions are concretely tracked, with a top discipline,” he said. He called a absolute Jordanian comprehension service, famous as a General Intelligence Directorate, or G.I.D., “a world-class, creditable establishment famous for a veteran control and high grade of team-work among confidence agencies.” In Jordan, a conduct of a G.I.D. is deliberate a second many critical male after a king.

Representatives of a C.I.A. and F.B.I. declined to comment.

The State Department did not residence a allegations directly, though a orator pronounced that America’s attribute with Jordan remained solid.

“The United States deeply values a prolonged story of team-work and loyalty with Jordan,” pronounced John Kirby, a spokesman. “We are committed to a confidence of Jordan and to partnering closely with Jordan to accommodate common confidence challenges.”

The training program, that in 2013 began directly defending a rebels underneath a formula name Timber Sycamore, is run by a C.I.A. and several Arab comprehension services and directed during building adult army hostile President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. The United States and Saudi Arabia are a biggest contributors, with a Saudis contributing both weapons and vast sums of money, and with C.I.A. paramilitary operatives holding a lead in training a rebels to use Kalashnikovs, mortars, antitank guided missiles and other weapons.

The existence of a module is classified, as are all sum about a budget. American officials contend that a C.I.A. has lerned thousands of rebels in a past 3 years, and that a fighters done estimable advances on a terrain opposite Syrian supervision army until Russian troops army — launched final year in support of Mr. Assad — compelled them to retreat.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Mar during a Jordanian-American troops training core in Zarqa, Jordan.

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The training module is formed in Jordan since of a country’s vicinity to a Syrian battlefields. From a beginning, a C.I.A. and a Arab comprehension agencies relied on Jordanian confidence services to ride a weapons, many bought in bulk in a Balkans and elsewhere around Eastern Europe.

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The module is apart from one that a Pentagon set adult to sight rebels to fight Islamic State fighters, rather than a Syrian military. That module was close down after it managed to sight usually a handful of Syrian rebels.

Jordanian and American officials described a weapons burglary and successive review on a condition of anonymity since a Syrian insurgent training is personal in a United States and is a supervision tip in Jordan.

News of a weapons burglary and contingent crackdown has been present inside Jordan’s supervision for several months. Husam Abdallat, a comparison help to several past Jordanian primary ministers, pronounced he had listened about a intrigue from stream Jordanian officials. The G.I.D. has some hurtful officers in a ranks, Mr. Abdallat said, though combined that a establishment as a whole is not corrupt. “The infancy of a officers are nationalistic and unapproachable Jordanians who are a country’s initial line of defense,” he said.

Jordanian officials who described a operation pronounced it had been run by a organisation of G.I.D. logistics officers with approach entrance to a weapons once they reached Jordan. The officers frequently siphoned truckloads of a weapons from a stocks, before delivering a rest of a weapons to designated drop-off points.

Then a officers sole a weapons during several vast arms markets in Jordan. The categorical arms bazaars in Jordan are in Ma’an, in a southern partial of a country; in Sahab, outward Amman; and in a Jordan Valley.

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