Treasure "Trove" Of ISIS Documents Detail Secret Oil Trade With Turkey
Russian officials show satellite images of what they claim are ISIS tankers entering and leaving a Turkish oil terminal
When a three star Russian general strolled into the US Embassy in Baghdad on September 30 of last year, US personnel were taken aback by what he said: “If you have forces in the area we request they leave. Airstrikes start in one hour.”
That was the beginning of Russia’s intervention in Syria and it took the US completely off guard. It was vintage Putin and even the Russian President’s detractors couldn’t help but chuckle. Over the next 30 days, a relentless air campaign carried out by Moscow’s warplanes rolled back anti-Assad elements in Latakia while the IRGC and Hezbollah moved into position for an assault on Aleppo.
Then, on November 24, disaster struck. Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border. One of the pilots was killed.
In the hours after the plane crashed, the world held its breath. Putin, the West figured, would respond with force. Fears only grew when the FSA’s First Coastal Division published a video on YouTube that appeared to show a fighter using a US-made TOW to destroy a Russian search and rescue helicopter.
And then, just when it appeared that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was set to plunge NATO into a world war with the Russians and the Iranians, Putin did something no one expected. Instead of sending the long range bombers to Ankara, he addressed reporters while sitting next to Jordan’s King Abdullah and flatly said the following: "ISIS gets money by selling oil to Turkey."
Over the next two weeks, The Kremlin launched a relentless PR campaign complete with satellite images and detailed slide decks showing what the Russians claimed was unequivocal evidence of Erdogan’s complicity in the illicit (and highly lucrative) ISIS oil trade.
Sergei Lavrov and Maria Zakharova heaped on the pressure and before long, the entire international community began to look with skepticism upon Ankara’s contention that Turkey is as an eager and sincere partner in the “war” on ISIS.
By that time, we had of course documented the Turkey connection exhaustively in the following four-part series:
- Kow Your Enemy: Which Of The West's allies Is Actually Helping Syria
- Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President
- How Turkey Exports ISIS Oil To The World: The Scientific Evidence
- ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal: "Raqqa's Rockefellers", Bilal Erdogan, KRG Crude, And The Israel Connection
Lacking in all of this was hard evidence. Sure, Russia had video and images purporting to show oil tankers streaming across Turkey's highly porous border with Syria, but proving that the government in Ankara was directly involved, let alone buying the oil, was well nigh impossible. Now, RT has released a new documentary which, in addition to depicting official ISIS oil ledgers, features interviews with what the filmmakers say are captured ISIS fighters. You can watch the film for yourself below, but suffice to say, it delivers compelling evidence of Turkey's role in funding and supporting Islamic State:
Meanwhile, even NBC is running items implicating Erdogan and his son in the ISIS oil smuggling business and we have to say we're impressed: the broadcast news network is only six months behind the curve this time. There's usually a 2-3 year lag.RELATED POSTS: EU punishes Turkey For Repairing Relations With NATO Public Enemy No1 Russia
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British blood in Libya - Obama's price for 'stay' campaign support?
There's a very funny smell hanging around Cameron, Obama, Libya and the 'stay' campaign right now. Firstly, the US President, whose every public word is guarded by a phalanx of PR experts, blames Cameron for leaving business unfinished in Libya. Then it's revealed that Obama will strongly support the 'stay' campaign. And now the leaks are starting that Obama wants boots on the ground in Libya before the end of his presidential term - that means this year. And Cameron has nothing left to lose.
So one has to wonder if Cameron, like Blair, has already promised the US President that UK troops will fight in Libya alongside a US contingent - and whether Obama's support for the 'stay' campaign is the price for this.
We won't know, of course, until Cameron feels compelled to tell the House of 'urgent' matters that have just arisen regarding Libya and seeking support for an expeditionary force. No doubt the Cabinet Secretary is already writing the mandatory Dodgy Dossier. Or perhaps a Libyan 'incident' is already being contrived or allowed to develop.
We've got nine months of 2016 left to find out.
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