Islamic Militants Are Using a Houston Plumbing Truck to Gun Down Aircraft in Syria, According to Twitter
Ansar al-Deen Front Twitter
It appears that a truck once owned by a Houston-area plumbing company has somehow turned up in the hands of Islamic militants who are now using the converted vehicle to shoot at aircraft as they fight in Syria's civil war.
A photo of the Texas-born Ford F-250, complete with the former owner's plumbing company logo, was posted to Twitter by the Ansar al-Deen Front Monday, and shows a militant fighter shooting an anti-aircraft gun from the bed of the truck.
The Ansar al-Deen Front is an Islamic extremist group mainly composed of Chechen fighters. They are one of the many rebel groups viciously fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces for control of the area around Aleppo, the largest city in Syria.
A representative of the Texas City plumbing company told CBS Tuesday morning that the Ford F-250 spotted on Syria's front lines was actually sold to a Houston AutoNation dealership in October of last year, and that was the last they'd heard of it.
Following that sale, the truck then somehow made its way from Houston and into the hands of the Islamic militants, who converted the massive vehicle into an anti-aircraft weapon and posted a photo of it on Twitter for all to see.
A representative of the AutoNation location that sold the truck declined to comment to CBS reporters Tuesday, saying, "We can't give information like that over the phone," before hanging up.
The local plumbing company told CBS they have been on the wrong end of some angry calls and threats since the photo of the converted truck, with the company phone number clearly visible, was posted by the militants online.
They're now attempting to have the photo removed from Twitter with the help of an attorney. (The photo, as of this posting, is still live on Twitter for all to see; we're not posting it because...well, threats and all.)
The plumbing company also said they would "most definitely" be removing their logo from all vehicles sold in the future. Probably a good idea.
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