U.S. plumber’s truck ends up in Syrian conflict

Mark Oberholtzer, a plumber, has received around one thousand calls since the image of his old work truck being used as a vehicle of war circulated online. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

A Texas plumber got a shock when photos of his old work vehicle surfaced on social media showing the truck being used as an anti-aircraft gun carrier by an extremist group in Syria.

Mark Oberholtzer, from Texas City, Texas, told the Galveston Daily News that he has been flooded with phone calls – and threats – after pictures of a Ford F250 he used to own surfaced on microblogging site Twitter being used as a vehicle of war by Islamist militant group Ansar al-Deen Front.

Oberholtzer, who has run his Mark-1 Plumbing business for the past three decades, said that he had traded in the vehicle at a car dealership in October last year.

“How it ended up in Syria, I’ll never know,” he said.

The image has since caused a stir in the local community. By Tuesday afternoon, Oberholtzer said he had received about a thousand calls and faxes about the image – some of them being “really ugly.”

At the time of publicatoin, Al Arabiya News was not able to reach Mark-1 Plumbing.

Users of social media were quick to poke fun at the firm’s unintentional endorsement of the Syria-based militant group.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45