CIA Weapons Meant for Syrian Rebels Stolen, Sold on Jordan Black Market

US Arms Routinely Sold on Black Market

According to US and Jordanian officials, the CIA effort to smuggle weapons to the Syrian rebels hit a major snag in Jordan, where the arms have been systematically stolen by Jordanian spies and sold on the black market in the nation.

Officials went on to say that a shooting by a Jordanian police captain, which killed two Americans along with several other people linked to DynCorp International, was carried out with stolen weapons that the captain got on the black market.

The thefts involved “millions of dollars” worth of equipment, and went on for months, until the US and Saudi governments started complaining to Jordan, and the thefts stopped. Still, that they continued sending weapons for months without noticing the rebels weren’t getting most of them once again speaks to how reckless such smuggling has been.

It’s become Jordan’s problem too, with reports that their intelligence agents stole so many arms and sold them at such increasingly low prices to the arms dealers that the country’s black market is awash in high-powered weaponry, meaning militant groups with an axe to grind against the Hashemite Kingdom can readily get their gear on the cheap now.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.