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originally posted by: AVoiceOfReason
a reply to: Peeple
this isnt about him versus them. this is about his government buying his own stolen oil back. i mean you do realize how ridiculous that sounds right?
MOSCOW, December 25. Terrorists are changing crude oil smuggling routes and using new paths to avoid Russian air strikes in Syria but Turkey remains their final destination, Chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department Sergei Rudskoi said on Friday. "They are changing logistics and laying new routes for crude oil smuggling to avoid Russian air strikes," he said.
The route is running from the province of Deir-ez-Zor controlled by the Islamic State terrorist organization through the border settlements of Guna and Tell-Sfuk in Syria towards the communities of Mosul and Zaho in Iraq, he added. Convoys of auto trucks follow the shortest route towards the Syrian-Iraqi border, which they cross in the area of the settlement of Tell-Sfuk, he said, adding that Turkey remains the final destination point of oil smuggling. Oil is smuggled into Turkey through the checkpoint in the area of Zaho, the chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department said.
"As of the moment of surveillance in the Zaho area, there were 11,775 fuel tanker trucks on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border. As many as 4,530 of them were on the territory of Turkey and 7,245 in Iraq,’ he said. The chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department also demonstrated enlarged photos of the area by grids. Specifically, there are 3,850 fuel tanker and large-duty trucks in Grid A on the Turkish side, with 200 of them moving towards the Iraqi border and the rest amassed in parking areas. Russia’s reconnaissance has also spotted 980 fuel tanker trucks in Iraq and 680 in Turkey in Gird B in close vicinity to the border, Rudskoi said. About another 4,900 fuel tanker trucks are amassed in Grid B and about 1,350 in Grid D, the chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department said. "It is necessary to note that this checkpoint is used to transport oil extracted both in Iraq and Syria," he added.