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Terroist group Islamic State earns millions of dollars selling oil on the black market in Turkey, Iraqi MP and former national security adviser, Mowaffak al Rubaie told RT. He also revealed that wounded terrorists are being treated in Turkish hospitals.
“In the last eight months ISIS has managed to sell ... $800 million dollars worth of oil on the black market of Turkey. This is Iraqi oil and Syrian oil, carried by trucks from Iraq, from Syria through the borders to Turkey and sold ...[at] less than 50 percent of the international oil price,” Mowaffak al Rubaie said in an interview with RT.
“Now this either get consumed inside, the crude is refined on Turkish territory by the Turkish refineries, and sold in the Turkish market. Or it goes to Jihan and then in the pipelines from Jihan to the Mediterranean and sold to the international market.”
originally posted by: ipsedixit
Recently I read an article on the France 24 website talking about some Syrian businessman who had been sanctioned by the United States for selling oil, stolen by ISIS, to the Syrian regime.
What was being alleged seemed absurd to me. Why would the Syrian Government, under attack by ISIS, buy oil from them and thereby, fund the assault on itself?
I immediately thought of other alleged actions that made no sense. Muammar Gaddafi attacking his own cities from the air and Bashar Assad attacking neighborhoods of Baghdad with poison gas.
I thought the oil story must be disinformation.
Sure enough, I found out that, serving some interested party, no doubt, France 24 was rehashing a story that had been printed eight months ago in the Manchester Guardian, and who knows where else. The story was not current and I don't think it was ever much of a story anyway because it never really took off, to my knowledge.
I guess France 24 was just muddying the water a little and maybe trying to get some muck to stick to the Assad government, no matter how implausible the muck might be or how maladroitly it might be applied.
So what else is new in the mainstream press?
Anyway, as I was digging around on the web trying to find out about this Syrian businessman, I kept on running into articles talking about the ISIS "oil money" trail.
This is the problem with the alternative media. It is full of real journalists, actually researching and writing about real news, and it shocks one to stumble into it after a steady diet of Toronto's local newspapers, who specialize in news as cocktail party patter. Sometimes it is vaguely reminiscent of what's going on and there are some carefully pitched voices in the throng of timeservers, but generally speaking it is deeply unsatisfying.
At any rate, I was startled to learn that an awful lot of countries are buying oil from ISIS, . . . allegedly . . . and you know, that makes an awful lot of sense.
It reminds one of the failure of governments to legalize and control and tax and regulate the drug trade. There is a reason for it. They like the current arrangement because they are making a lot of money out of it. Vested interests are making sure that common sense doesn't come along to upset that applecart loaded with golden apples.
The amazing inability of anyone to put a stop to ISIS suddenly makes sense.
Why would any member nation of the European Community organize the destruction of a fuel depot selling it oil at $20 a barrel unless it absolutely had to?
Oh the humanity! Oh the irony! The West, conniving like Machiavelli for so long to get control of Middle Eastern oil resources, so that supply at a reasonable price could be assured, is now being threatened by Middle Eastern religious thugs, who sustain their own murderous assault on everything we hold dear by practically giving us what we want at rock bottom fire sale prices.
If this were a George Clooney movie script, I think George would want a rewrite. It's too nutty, too unbelievable.
But it has to be true. It's the only explanation that actually rationalizes what has been going on with ISIS.
And there is more.
originally posted by: ipsedixit
a reply to: MysterX
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Looking at this situation from another point of view is very enlightening in one way. We usually see it from the American point of view or the Russian point of view or the Syrian point of view or the Israeli point of view or even that of Hezbollah, but we very seldom give the Turkish perspective the attention it deserves.
For decades now,Turkey has wanted to become a member of the European Economic Community, a dream that would, no doubt, have been cherished by Mustafa Kemal, the father of modern, secular Turkey, he who outlawed the Arab script for written material and outlawed the burqa for female concealment.
Turkey has done everything it could to win admission to the EEC. It has been a good NATO member. It is a member of numerous economic organizations with the EU.
It applied for membership in the EU in 1987!
The talks have been very prolonged and cover dozens of areas of concern as one can see from this linked wikipedia article:
The Turks have been very patient and they have many supporters among European states, including the Cameron government in the UK, for accession into the Community, but . . . Angela Merkel opposes Turkey for EU membership. She wants a special non-member status for that country. Nicholas Sarkozy opposed Turkish membership. Francois Hollande supports Turkish membership but will not hasten talks concerning that.
This priceless piece of pretzel journalism from Bloomberg View gives a clear picture of the tentative nature of European views on Turkey.
Turkey’s a good place to start. Unblocking its membership process would end the widespread impression that the EU discriminates against Muslims, at a time when xenophobia, anti-immigrant feelings and isolationism are rising within the mainly Christian nations of Europe. Allowing talks to continue is a very different issue from Turkey, population 73 million, actually joining the EU. That remains a distant prospect.
It sounds like a maitre d' at a fine restaurant explaining to Jack Nicholson that yes, there is a table for him and his nine iron, but it will have to be made ready, if he would just be kind enough to cool his heels for 30 years.
The Turks are beginning to get a little frosty about it.
Turkey is, however, also increasingly disappointed with the widespread opposition to its accession among EU member states. In September 2012, Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan was asked by CNN if Turkey still wants to join the EU. His response: "There are 5 million Turks in Europe and 3 million Turks in Germany alone. We are a natural member of the European Union. Germany invited Turkish workers 50 years ago, however 50 years have passed and we have waited at the European Union's doorstep. No other country has experienced such a thing. We will be patient until a point. However when we cross that point, we will bring light to the situation and decide accordingly." During a trip to Yalta, Erdoğan expressed his stern disappointment regarding the EU accession process: "We are still an EU negotiating candidate. At such a position, I wish EU accession. Otherwise, such a scenario would affect a large region including Ukraine and Turkey."
Why are things going so slowly? Do most European politicians know, regardless of official government positions, that most Europeans are fearful of a Muslim inundation from "European" Turkey?
Recent developments have certainly shown, regardless of whether by design or chance, that Turkey and the United States, which favors Turkish accession to the EU, can give Europe a Muslim inundation of refugees, even if Turkey is not a member.
Is that what Erdogan meant when he said that Turkey would "bring light to the situation"?
The bottom line is that "Muslim inundation" is now a reality, independently of talks on European accession for Turkey.
. . .
It's very confusing and difficult for the average newspaper reader to parse this situation, but one wonders if, 30 years ago, Turkey had been admitted to the EU, whether a lot of wrinkles would have been ironed out of these relationships in a more natural way and with a better will, on both sides.
Europeans Sunday gave a half hearted green light with € 3 billion in aid for Turkey, which will in turn slow down the arrival of refugees in Greece. This is a success for the combined efforts of Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. For others, the summit did not dispel two concerns: the extent of the concessions made in Ankara and the ambition of Berlin for the "resettlement" of more Syrians across the EU, through a new quota system.
Turkey ignored by Europeans for years, has had a "fifteen minutes of fame". "This is a historic day for our process of accession (to the EU). We will forge the destiny of the continent," has assured a smiling Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on his arrival in Brussels. His interlocutors,like François Hollande, insist on the respect of "commitments", above all, a measurable decline of illegal crossings across the Aegean Sea.
Along the same line, Merkel, at the same time, increased the pressure on her European partners.
Germany, overwhelmed with over 800,000 arrivals since the beginning of the year, wants to "replace illegal immigration with legal immigration," direct from Turkey to the EU. Scenarios cited in the German press evoke from 300,000 to 500,000 of these "resettlements" organized, to be shared in the coming years, beyond the 160,000 approved in September. None of the other leaders has supported Berlin's project, which was termed a "pure chimera" by one senior diplomat.
originally posted by: ipsedixit
a reply to: the2ofusr1
I think it is a mistake also to believe that Turkey is a rogue elephant in all of this. Starting with the Turkish interdiction of a Russian supply plane flying to Syria, many months ago, through their logistical efforts on behalf of ISIS, right up to the recent downing of a Russian jet inside Syrian territory, Turkey has been operating, I am convinced, with the approval of its most important NATO allies, the US and the UK.
Turkey is, however, also increasingly disappointed with the widespread opposition to its accession among EU member states. In September 2012, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was asked by CNN if Turkey still wants to join the EU. His response: "There are 5 million Turks in Europe and 3 million Turks in Germany alone. We are a natural member of the European Union. Germany invited Turkish workers 50 years ago, however 50 years have passed and we have waited at the European Union's doorstep. No other country has experienced such a thing. We will be patient until a point. However when we cross that point, we will bring light to the situation and decide accordingly." During a trip to Yalta, Erdogan expressed his stern disappointment regarding the EU accession process: "We are still an EU negotiating candidate. At such a position, I wish EU accession. Otherwise, such a scenario would affect a large region including Ukraine and Turkey."