Russia is obviously infuriated with Turkey for the downing of their plane and they are lashing out but one complaint rings true – their accusation that Turkey sells ISIS oil. This leads to an even greater concern – that the US president is not bombing oil lines for reasons other than saving the lives of civilians.
Barack Obama’s ally Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has been suspected of selling ISIS oil for more than a year.
Sputnik News reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a statement stating that Turkey is selling ISIS oil.
“The Russian Minister reminded his counterpart about Turkey’s involvement in the ISIS’ illegal trade in oil, which is transported via the area where the Russian plane was shot down, and about the terrorist infrastructure, arms and munitions depots and control centers that are also located there,” the statement read.
“Sergei Lavrov specifically said that this act by Turkey will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations and will not go unanswered.”
We know that ISIS terrorists use Turkey as a launch area for ISIS terrorists, even those who are sneaking into Europe with refugees.
The Independent has Vladimir Putin accusing Turkey of allowing ISIS jihadists to run a “living oil pipe” across its border as he upped the ante in the row over the downing of a Russian jet.
The Russian President said that reconnaissance footage, shared with world leaders at the G20 summit earlier this month, showed that oil was being smuggled through rebel-held Syria and into Turkey “day and night”. There were “vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon”, he claimed.
The Guardian reported that ISIS controlled about six locations that produced oil. The group reportedly sold the oil to Kurdish traders in Iraqi Kurdistan, who in turn sold it to traders in Turkey and Iran.
The New York Times reported two weeks ago that oil provides ISIS with $40 million a month in revenue for ISIS.
Financial Times reported that ISIS is making a million dollars a day off oil with Turkey serving as middleman.
“The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, is earning as much as $1m a day through the sale of oil to some of its biggest enemies: middlemen from Turkey, Iraq’s Kurdish community and the regime of Bashar al-Assad, according to the US Treasury.
A Turkish MP and opponent of Erdogan has said the same thing and is concerned about what this means for Turkey’s future.
“ISIS is a terrorist organization that poses a global threat, a group that kills recklessly and believes that killing people is a ticket to heaven,” Ediboglu said. “One would expect such a group to engage in certain attacks in Turkey any time. Turkey’s cooperation with thousands of men of such a mentality is extremely dangerous. You can never know what demands they could make to Turkey, a country whose regime they consider to be un-Islamic. No one can guarantee they will not repeat the massacres they commit in Iraq today or carry out similar attacks in Turkey tomorrow.”
In October, 2014, Business Insider said that ISIS was making millions off oil as their major source of income. That was according to residents, oil executives and traders.
Of greater interest is that the US has avoided bombing wells that ISIS controls, targeting only small, almost irrelevant oil refineries.
“They are in fact still selling the oil and even stepping up exploitation of new wells by tribal allies and taking advantage of the inability of the enemy to hit the oil fields,” said Abdullah al-Jadaan, a tribal elder in Shuhail, a town in Syria’s oil-producing Deir al-Zor province, according to Business Insider.
U.S.-led forces want to avoid hitting the oil installations hard because it could hurt civilians more than the militants and could radicalize the local population, analysts say.
The Obama administration was finally shamed into bombing oil lines by France and Russia but before they did, unbelievably, they dropped leaflets warning ISIS.
At the risk of sounding conspiratorial, could Obama have been willfully and knowingly allowing ISIS to sell oil to Turkey?
Turkey needs to be kicked out of NATO. There is an oil embargo on ISIS. Worse than that, it means our president is in an unholy and evil alliance with Erdogan.
It also makes one wonder why Obama has decided to now accuse Assad of buying ISIS oil. Interesting timing.
Most of the West believe it’s going on.
At best, our president has deliberately put blinders on.