The Unexpected Explanation How "That Ford Truck" Ended Up In ISIS Hands

Tyler Durden's picture

Almost exactly a year ago, the media world was abuzz when as we reported then, a picture posted by Ansar al-Din Front, an Islamic extremist brigade, and which promptly went viral showed a Ford F250 truck with a "Mark-1 Plumbing" decal on the door and a militant standing in the bed firing the anti-aircraft gun.


And while most moved on quickly from this story, for one person the picture had a dramatic and scarring effect: the owner of said Mark-1 Plumbing company, a Texan by the name of Mark Oberholtzer, who as many know by now, is suing a Texas Ford dealership (Charlie Thomas Gord) for more than $1 million in financial losses and damages to his company's reputation, as a result of this pickup truck which he once owned, ending up with Islamic militants fighting in Syria's civil war.

As CNN summarizes, "all Mark Oberholtzer wanted to do was upgrade his ride. What he got instead was a world of trouble from half a world away."

"By the end of the day, Mark-1's office, Mark-1's business phone, and Mark's personal cell had received over 1,000 phone calls from around the nation," Oberholtzer's lawyer wrote in the lawsuit, filed December 9 in Harris County, Texas. "These phone calls were in large part harassing and contained countless threats of violence, property harm, injury and even death."

Oberholtzer said this wouldn't have happened if the dealership had just removed the decals before the truck was resold, as he had demanded, thus serving as the basis for his lawsuit (attached below).

But while we commiserate with Mr. Oberholzer, and wish him prompt restitution of damages as a result of unnecessary harassment, a far more important question is just how did Mark's 2005 Ford F250 Super Duty end up in under the control of the Islamic State.

The answer would be critical, as it will provide a factual, tracable answer how it is that ISIS is if not funded (we know already revealed a critical part of that story), then supplied with equipment and perhaps weapons.

The answer is stunning.

This is what the plaintiff states in his lawsuit:

According to a CARFAX Vehicle History Report (see Exhibit B), the vehicle was listed as a dealer vehicle sold at a Texas auto auction on November 11, 2013. On December 18, 2013 the vehicle was exported from Houston, Texas and imported to Mersin, Turkey.

And here is the proof straight from CARFAX, provided in Exhibit B of Oberholzer's lawsuit:


And the transaction history, with the relevant final clue highlighted:


Presenting Mersin, Turkey, a stone's throw from the infamous port of Ceyhan and about a hundred miles from the territory of the Islamic State:


Here is what happened:

  • On October 23, 2013, Mark Oberholtzer entered into a transaction with Charlie Thomas Ford, in which he traded-in his old 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck for a newer 2012 Ford F-250 pickup truck.
  • Promptly thereafter, the vehicle was listed as a dealer vehicle sold at a Texas auto auction on November 11, 2013
  • Less than a month later, on December 18, 2013 the vehicle was exported from Houston, Texas and imported to Mersin, Turkey.
  • Less than a year later it was in the documented possession of the Islamic State.

So once again the "missing link" supplying ISIS emerges as none other than Turkey.

For those to whom the Turkey-ISIS connection comes as a surprise, we urge you to reread:

And while NATO-member Turkey supplying ISIS with funding, supplies, weapons or equipment is hardly groundbreaking news, the Ford "clue" poses new and important questions, such as:

  • who is the Turkish party that ordered and paid for the Ford truck's transfer to Turkey, and subsequently received compensation from the Islamic State in the subsequent resale?
  • which is the US party which transacts with Turkish counterparts, who ultimately ship US products to Islamic State fighters?
  • is the US party aware that its Turkish counterparty has dealings with ISIS
  • what is the role of the US government in all of this, because it would be surprising that an administration that has sworn it would crack down on all outside assistance to the Islamic State would be unaware that "made in the USA" trucks ended up in the Islamic State by way of its faitful NATO ally, Turkey.
  • how many other such vehicles sold  in the US and exported to Turkey, have  made their way to the Islamic State

We are confident that it will be relatively easy for any aspiring reporter to track down the US-based exporter of the Ford truck (and thus recipient of Turkish funds), just as it will be facile to uncover who was the Turkish buyer who signed the receipt invoice in Mersin, Turkey. What may be more difficult to uncover is whether the governments of the US and Turkey, respectively, were or are appraised about transactions such as this one, and if not, then why not?

We hope to be able to answer as many of the above as possible in the very near future.

The full Oberholtzer vs Charlie Thomas Ford lawsuit is below.

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Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Free advertising for Plumber, maybe ISIS is need crapper repair?

Deathrips's picture

ISrael Bought it to commit more terrorism with their proxy ISIS?



new game's picture

the two faced cocksuckers(turkey)...

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture they can suck two at the time.

Gambit's picture

Somewhat off topic but just came across this on another thread, if true it explains a lot:

"I wish the American People had access to LTC Vladimir Putin's CIA dossier, like I had during my time with DIA, in the early 70's.
All the US propaganda, about Putin is total BS.

Putin was not your typical KGB type and was constantly criticized for refusing to join The Communist Party, and for being an Russian Orthodox Christian.

In fact, prior to enrolling in Military College, he spent almost a year studying for the Priesthood, as his whole family, were devout Russian Orthodox Christians.

If he hadn't been one of the best assassins KGB Counter-Intelligence had(36 confirmed Western agents), he would have never, even made the rank of LTC.

The fact he was never a Communist or in the KGB hierarchy, was why Gorbachev named him to Lead The KGB during the conversion from The KGB to The FSB, in 1992.

Purging his old bosses and pundits from The KGB must have been, some fine payback.

----- Disabled US Army Grunt"

nuubee's picture

That may all be true, but exactly how long has he been the leader of Russia? Was he elected to that position repeatedly?

He's a demagogue. He might be a relatively benevolent one, but that changes little.


All that said, I still have far far far more values in common with Putin than I do with the Chinese communist party, or anyone in the middle east.

Miles Ahead's picture

Well since you asked, as a matter of fact he was, repeatedly.  And he hardly fits the description of demagogue.  More like the opposite of. 

He's doing a wonderful, wonderful, job.  Ask Boris if you don't believe me.

The Pope's picture

My only question is whether or not that model has the pullout 'MAN STEP' on it?

turtle's picture

Would have been easier to claim "photoshop"...

froze25's picture

Lets see if even Fox news runs this, I doubt it. I doubt any "Main Streamers" will. Just tells you that they are in the pocket.

I MISS KUDLOW's picture

in the next few weeks the government will be buying back my 2009 dodge ram, its under mandatory recall i guess mine will be over there as well soon enough

Manthong's picture

Y’know an 18” steel pipe wrench would make a formidable hand weapon in the hands of an islamist hopped up on Captagon… it would go well with the truck, too.  

knukles's picture
New Truck built by a company we didn't bail out...    I bought a new Ford F250 Tri-Flex Fuel Truck. Go figure-- it runs on either hydrogen, gasoline, or E85.
I returned it to the dealer yesterday because I couldn't get the radio to work.
  The service technician explained that the radio was voice activated.   "Nelson", the technician said to the radio.   The  radio replied, "Ricky or Willie?"   "Willie!" he continued and "On The Road Again" came from the speakers. Then he said, "Ray Charles!", and 
in an instant " Georgia On My Mind" replaced Willie Nelson.
  I drove away happy, and for the next few days, every time I'd say,  "Beethoven", I'd get beautiful classical music, and if I said, 
"Beatles", I'd get one of their awesome songs.
  Yesterday, some guy ran a red light and nearly creamed my new Ford truck, but I swerved 
in time to avoid him.  I yelled, "Ass Hole!"
Immediately the radio responded with, "Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States ."   Damn I love this Ford truck..

Manthong's picture

Smart truck :-D

But is that a new kind of sewer router they have on the back of that truck in the picture?


nope-1004's picture

Ya it went through Turkey, but who allowed it to be exported to Turkey?  I mean, someone on the ground in the US did the legwork.

This is proof .gov is CORRUPT, full of LIES, and SATANIC.


The Pope's picture

 "I bought a new Ford F250 Tri-Flex Fuel Truck. Go figure-- it runs on either hydrogen, gasoline, or E85. "


Well, I bought a F250 Quad flex truck... "it runs on either hydrogen, gasoline, or E85. " ~ or, the courtesy of Fred's 2 feet!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

This is nothing! Soviet Era truck is run on vodka. Not so fuel efficient and hard on cylinder, but when you are only have vodka in hand, you are want vehicle that is drive well under influence.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Never mind, Boris is now remind that is drink vodka and forget that truck is not even start. Wake up in ditch.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Four chan Dec 15, 2015 9:14 PM

Damn!  Mark-1 Plumbing sure had the right debt collection equipment on their truck.

jeff montanye's picture

demagogue: a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

synonyms: rabble-rouser, agitator, political agitator, soapbox orator, firebrand, fomenter, provocateur

sounds more like trump or obama, clinton or bush.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) jeff montanye Dec 15, 2015 11:39 PM

I would be happy if that were my truck with my business name and number.

You can't buy this type of advertising.

lol......Keep on Truckin Mamma

Tyler Durderian's picture
Tyler Durderian (not verified) Chris Dakota Dec 16, 2015 2:49 AM

Thats such a kike mentality. Making money out of everything, regardless of morals.

Until someone pissed of at muslims goes antiterro on your jew plumber ass:

kralizec's picture

It's all about making the sale.

DeadFred's picture

Now that we once again have strong evidence what will happen? I recollect the last time (when the Russian defence ministry showed all those nice photos of ISIS convoys and a US drone flying over them) there was a convenient mass shooting within hours. Stay away from crowds and Christmas parties for a day or two.

indygo55's picture

What about the 3000 tanker trucks? Why doesnt anyone ask where they came from? Probably the same Huston port.

CheapBastard's picture

The Drone Master is a facilitator of this mischief I suspect.

El Vaquero's picture

Didn't Obama just come out and say that we were creaming ISIS the other day?  If so, par for the course is that an attack happens soon after. 

artless's picture

"This is proof .gov is CORRUPT, full of LIES, and SATANIC."

Someone actually downvoted this statement. Hilarious.

Not to disagree or be critical but THIS is the proof? I'm sure nope-1004 agrees but for the rest of the peanut gallery how about pretty much ANYTHING from the last 80 years or so with a special concentration on the last 30?

Just sayin'

This is just proof that our CIA overlords like a bargain. They hit Texas auto auctions for deals and steals. C'mon folks figure this one out. Saudi and Israel have not suffered one single incident re: ISIS. What does that TELL YOU? Who needs the Assad regime gone? Who benefits from their neighbors remaining in poltical and social chaos? And why if The Sauds are the ones out there funding Wahabbi crazies, has NONE of their fingerprints EVER been connected to any "terrorist" attacks on Israel? What possible common ground could Israel and The Kingdom (and throw the US in there as well) possibly have in common?

PNAC anybody? Pipeline anybody?

Paveway IV's picture

Seriously? It's a ZU-23-2 twin-barreled autocannon. Can unclog up to 8" sewer pipes and works on roots, too.

Also effective for gopher/squirrel removal and neighbor's cat 'issues'.

Manthong's picture

I did not realize plumbing could be so entertaining.

As long as those ISIL guys don’t let the top of their butt cracks show.

slyder wood's picture

Ford did take bailout money, TARP for one. Also -"Congress decided that the best alternative for Ford was to get funds from the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), which is a government program for auto, student, and other consumer loans. These were very low-cost government loans to the tune of $5.9 billion that helped Ford tip-toe past bankruptcy and overhaul their factories to bring out more fuel-efficient technology".  It's easy to do an inet search to find out how they've been helped by the gov't. Which brand of auto is the best, regardlessof criteria, is rather subjective.

-.-'s picture

In the CarFax document detailing the transit of the vehicle from manufacturing to dealership retail to export there is, of course, one unfortunate detail at the very bottom; that is, 'Vehicle Exporter' is the descriptor given to the business entity whom should have licenesed the exportation of the vehicle across the Atlantic freight traffic. 

But, a quick and innocent search through Google™ using 'vehicle exporter Houston, Texas' reveals a few starts:

1. Horizon Auto Shipping, International Automobile & Freight Shipping

2. Kassem Export Corp.


Additionally, within the search results was this story from December 2013: Feds Crack Down on Illegal Vehicle Export Scams in Texas

Within the article there are some important things to note:

1. The federal authorities were harassing the Chinese regarding "illegal" vehicle sales during this month that a Ford F-250 was exported to Turkey and subsequently sold the ISIS

2. Apparently a licensed group can receive funds to purchase cars from foreign banks, including national banks of foreign countries

To wit:

Golden Cheng Auto Group Inc., a company based out of a house near Houston, receives money from banks in China to buy the vehicles, the forfeiture suit said. The company, incorporated in 2012, wired money to Ford so she could buy the Mercedes, court records show.



I begin to wonder...

-.-'s picture

A search of Kassem Turkawi reveals a LinkedIn account that was removed, a Facebook page that has some Lexus cars, and a suggestion that Mr. Turkawi enjoys a Jordanian musician by the name of Firas Ayoub (more, more, and more). And, Mr. Turkawi does enjoy driving his cars and driving them over the speed limit, per the State of Texas V. Kassem Ishak Turkawi

nofluer's picture

Sorry. Ford took bailout money - only the pay out was configured differently. Do some research.

SMG's picture

The date of export of the truck proves that the creation of ISIS was a planned operation.

The Pope's picture

damn 'Luciferians' again, right?

Rusty Shorts's picture

Right, how's your "Lucifer" telescope working Pope?

SMG's picture

Well you could say Bankster, Satanist, Globalist Oligarch, Illuminati if you like.  They're different words for the same group doing evil things around the world.

The Pope's picture

 "Well you could say Bankster, Satanist, Globalist Oligarch, Illuminati if you like"


Naturally, I'd leans towards whichever one of those felt the need to create and fund a global 'Anti Defamation Society' (vis-a-vis the 'Bankster Anti Defamation Society', or the 'Globalist Oligarch Anti Defamation Society').

SMG's picture

You and I have been chatting for some time now, you under various aliases.  You know whenever this whole global transistion resolves itself however it's going to, we should meet.  I bet you're a pretty interesting person.

If I don't talk to before then, Merry Christmas!

Moe Howard's picture

CNN has the story with video. I posted a link before Tyler posted this.

ISEEIT's picture

Not a single network is anything close to legitimate journalism. ABC, NBC.CBS,FOX, MSNBC, NYT,WSJ....

Entirely corrupt and now a genuinely dangerous liability on society. This nation and increasingly the world are being led into pits by sociopath thugs referred to by this 'media' as 'World Leaders', 'Policy Makers', 'Scientist', 'Experts'....Blah, blah, blah.

The ideological bias is in EVERY case toward this absurd notion of fighting some imminent danger. EVERY one of the so called threats is either a direct result of central planning disease, or an actual false flag driven/pure propaganda initiative run by the State to achieve 'goals'.

Yeah, I bet faux 'news' won't hype this. Nor will clown ass .gov huffpo.

Or any of the other state media.


tjeffersonsghost's picture

Why does the media feel it necessary to blur out the facees of Isis members?

The Pope's picture

I wish they would do that with Yellen

Aussie V's picture

Yea and Hitlery! Block her out for fucks sake

She would be the only Pres Candidate not to appear to be two faced then

Baby Bladeface's picture
Baby Bladeface (not verified) tjeffersonsghost Dec 15, 2015 6:05 PM


Why does the media feel it necessary to blur out the facees of Isis members?"

Is only way to distinguish between ISIS faces and ISIS faeces.

False_Profit's picture

their faces are blurred because the "operators" may not be too middle eastern looking...

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

True, and how do we know its not the M.E. but the Texas outback?