The neighboring countries of Syria are providing weapons to the terror groups since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. Rebel groups and local smuggling networks procured weapons in Syria from commercial and civilian sources. It is estimated that more than 400,000 Syrian citizens are killed; more than 5 million people are displaced and devastated the country. Now the question arises from where does the plethora of weapons in insurgent hands come from?
Tony Abi Saab is one such dreadful business tycoon who supports terror groups in the Middle East just for the sake of earning a profit. He belongs to the Abi Saab family consisting of his father Joseph Abi Saab and brother Hady. They are the owners of Brescia Middle East, an arms dealing company in Lebanon. Tony also runs a network of shell companies, which is just a cover to supply arms and ammunition to the terror groups in Syria.
Two Lebanese nationals that have been highlighted by the US Army for the violation of US law are Tony Abi Saab and Raymond Azar. Raymond handles the construction business in Afghanistan, he conned over 150 million dollars of the US Army in the construction contract in Afghanistan through his company, Sima Salazar group. Tony Abi Saab’s ghost companies K5 Global and Bennet- Fouch embezzled $5 million of the US Army. Tony’s company Tactica Ltd was also involved in purchasing arms commercially and selling them in the black market to terrorist groups in Syria.
In a sting operation executed by the FBI, CIA, and the US Army, both Raymond and Tony were caught red-handed with relevant documents and cash. Raymond was caught along with Tony’s rumored girlfriend Dinorah Cobos alias Sarah Lee in Afghanistan. Three of them were flown to the US civil court where Raymond got 10 years and Dinorah got 2 years of jail-term along with a penalty of $15 million, whereas Tony got released due to a technicality in the circuit court and by paying a small amount of fine.
The Syrian war is nowhere going to end soon till the time war criminals and fraudsters like Tony Abi Saab are not put behind the bars soon.