Terrorism in the Middle East and Asia has survived long enough. The reason why militants are not eradicated completely from the regions of Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan is because of the involvement of non-state actors. People like Tony Abi Saab are selling weapons to the terrorists at the black market in Syria. He is not alone in the crime business there are many like him who are putting lives of the innocent citizen at risk.
In 2009, the multi-billion dollars contract fraud was exposed by the US Army, the man named Raymond Azar and his secretary Dinorah Cobos were arrested in the context. Their company Sima Salazar International located in Afghanistan procured $150 million contracts of the US military before being exposed and also had been running the company by using the alias Sarah Lee, a non-existing person. The US Army orchestrated a sting operation to catch the fraudsters, both Raymond and Dinorah were caught from Afghanistan redhanded with bribe money and documents used in the conspiracy against the US Army.
As the case of Azar unraveled, the investigation team realized that he was not alone to execute the plan of billion dollars fraud against the US, another name came to light—Tony Abi Saab, a Lebanese arms dealer. Till now, the Army was thinking they have caught the right person and the mastermind of the billion dollars embezzlement but they soon understood, Raymond is a mere puppet of his master Tony. Most of the shares of Sima Salazar was owned by Tony and the company was run under the sub-contract of his company Brescia Middle East. Tony also duped the US of 5 million dollars through his fake companies Bennet-Fouch and G2 Armony.
Despite, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Tony is running shell companies in Europe, importing weapons from Italy, Russia and Germany to Lebanon and re-routing them to terrorists in Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan. While Raymond and Dinorah were punished and sent to prison for five and two years respectively and also paid the penalty of $15 million, Tony escaped the jail term by tricking the legal authorities by pleading human rights violation and errors in collecting evidence.