American Michael Taylor: The man who flew with Carlos Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon

Monday, 13 January 2020
Taylor has built a strong relationship with the Maronite minority in Lebanon since that time, and it continues until now. Taylor has built a strong relationship with the Maronite minority in Lebanon since that time, and it continues until now. Source de l'image: - google

The media covered the essential role that two accompanying former Nissan and Renault chief Carlos Ghosnai played on his journey from Japan to Turkey, especially American Michael Taylor.

The New York Times said that Lebanese citizens played the role of mediator in ordering Taylor to arrange the escape of Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon.

Taylor, 59, is a former U.S. Special Forces officer who served in many Middle Eastern countries and was imprisoned in the United States on charges of bribing a FBI official to halt an investigation into a contract the US Defense Department had with Taylor to train Afghan special forces .

Taylor did not complete his studies, left school by the end of his teens, and followed in the footsteps of his stepfather, so he joined the army.

Soon, his star shone and showed a striking superiority, which enabled him to join the special forces.

During the Cold War phase, the mission of the top-secret unit in which Taylor served, the "nuclear explosive unit for destruction operations", was to carry out parachutists from high altitudes behind enemy lines, to open the canopy at the last minute and detonate a hand-held nuclear bomb carried by each They were in a handbag at the Fulda Gap camp in Germany, if he was exposed to the Soviet invasion.

1982 represented a turning point in Taylor’s pleasure, as he was among the first group of American special forces deployed in Lebanon at the height of the civil war, with the aim of providing training to the Christian “Lebanese Forces” militia in the wake of the assassination of Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel, and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon on the same Year.

Taylor has built a strong relationship with the Maronite minority in Lebanon since that time, and it continues until now.

Taylor left the U.S. military in 1983 four years after joining him.

He later returned to Lebanon to work as a security contractor, and oversees the training of Christian forces.

During that time, Taylor learned Arabic and married Lebanese Lamia Abboud in 1985.

Also during that period, Taylor got acquainted with the Lebanese George Antoine Zayek, who was next to Taylor on the plane that transported a branch from Japan to Ankara.

Taylor, accompanied by his wife, returned to New York in 1985.

Thanks to his experience in the security field and his knowledge of the situation in Lebanon, he began working with the US FBI and other American security services to tackle drug trafficking and currency counterfeiting.

In 1988, he was assigned by the US government to penetrate drug trafficking gangs in Lebanon, whose activities extend from the Middle East to the state of Massachusetts.

Taylor managed to approach senior drug gang officials in Lebanon, and to reach drug production factories in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley, where cannabis fields were spread under the supervision of the Syrian forces there.

Thanks to Taylor's efforts, the American authorities succeeded in confiscating a boat carrying hashish valued at $ 100 million.

In 1994, Taylor began working for his own account in the security field, when he founded a security company in the name of the “American Special Security Agency”, and the company entered into contracts with government and private agencies to provide security services to them, such as the "ABC" television network, and the Fox network, along with providing Services for private jets.

The New York Times resorted to Taylor to free its reporter, David Rudd, who had been kidnapped in Afghanistan.

Taylor also rescued an American woman and her three children from the clutches of her abusive Lebanese husband.

So the woman’s mother took refuge in Taylor after another contractor failed to get the mother and the children out of Syria, and in fact moved them from Lebanon to Syria in secret.

Taylor managed to get the children, the woman and the security contractor out of Syria thanks to his strong ties in Syria and Lebanon.

Taylor's business flourished after the American invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, as his company undertook training of commandos and guarding infrastructure in southern Iraq, and providing protection to the investigation teams in the mass graves and oil company employees, and Taylor resorted to employing many Lebanese Christians after his company prospered.

Taylor was sentenced by a US court to two years in prison after being found guilty of attempting to bribe a FBI security officer, who was investigating a contract the US Defense Department had with Taylor to train Afghan special forces. Taylor's small contract swelled to $ 54 million.

He paid some of the proceeds from the contract to his former acquaintances at the Ministry of Defense.

Taylor's business was greatly affected by this issue and deteriorated greatly, as the company's revenue declined to only $ 600,000 in 2012. When Taylor was released from prison in 2015, the government returned him two million dollars in sums from his company.

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