July, 16 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Neighboring countries of Syria and Iran are taking advantage of the conflict to make money

Non-state actors are a hurdle to the Army in reaching their goal of combating terrorism from war-torn countries

The US troops deployed in Afghanistan have been fighting a tedious battle with terrorism for over seventeen years without emerging complete victorious, all thanks to the non-state actors. The Middle East countries are playing a vital role in fueling violence and conflict in Afghanistan, Iran, and Syria—these States are dominated by brutal terrorists.

In the list of names of criminals highlighted by the US authorities, Tony Abi Saab tops, he is a Lebanese arms dealer. His company Brescia Middle East, located in Lebanon, is a hub of illegal activities and trades of Tony. His company is indicted for grievous crimes like money laundering, fraud, supplying weapons to the terrorist organization for the profit and running several ghost companies in the Middle East and Europe. BME is his only front company, apart from it, he runs many other shell companies like K5 Global, Bennet-Fouh, G2 Armory, Brixia, Tactica-Ltd, and SIMAINT.

Tony along with his partner in crime Raymond Azar, the owner of Sima Salazar which duped multi-million dollars of the US Corps of Engineer in construction contracts fraud in Afghanistan, set up several ghost companies to fraud the defense money. K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch, run by the fake name Sarah Lee, were sub-contractors of Sima Salazar and Tony's company Tactica-Ltd. These ghost companies disappeared since exposed by the US investigation team.

Both Lebanese, Raymond and Tony are trying to weaken the power of the military in war zones by attrition. They are selling guns and weapons, producing its spare parts, recycling and reassembling them to sale in the black market of Syria to the terrorists.

Raymond was convicted in 2009 for bribery, conspiracy and fraud to the US Army, he served two years jail term and paid the penalty of $14 million. Tony couldn't get the same punishment because he tricked the justice system by pleading human rights violation in the civil court of the USA. He also accused the CIA and the FBI of tampering evidence, and due to a technicality in the circuit court, he was released. Tony Abi Saab is equally venomous as Azar and deserves to be put in the jail before he arms every uprising terrorist organizations in the war zones.

Ivor Kuznetsov