ISIS: Know Your Enemy - Who Of Those We Think Are On Our Side Is Helping ISIS
Who is funding ISIS, how has the terror group managed to assemble such a large, well equipped and (apparently) well fed fighting force and been able to wage a two year war against the Assad regime in Syria, the forces of the autonomous Kurds and the army of the Iraqi government, such as it is? Who is facilitating their illegal oil trade that is keeping Islamic State afloat.
- Not Reported In Mainstream News
- ISIS Illegal Oil Trade
- NATO Ally Turkey Helps NATO's Enemies ISIS
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Not Reported In Mainstream News
This story emerged on the 19 November, but though my take (below) did not appear until 26 November, not because I was being highly diligent in fact checking, not because there were better stories to bring you, but simply because for us new media journalists who write for the love of it or to get news and ideas out that will not be covered by mainstream media or simply because we like the thought of hundreds (or thousands if we are lucky) of readers seeing our words on their screens, sometimes real life has first call on our time.
It is even later coming to this site, but this opening part will form the first of a series of posts on the close liinks between Turkey, a member of NATO and ally of he west, and the terrorists of Islamic State. The whole set of posts will make shocking reading and raise questions about not only the competence of leaders in the developed world, but also where their true loyalties lie.
ISIS Illegal Oil Trade
The conflict in the middle east, involving Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, the USA, France, other EU contingents, Turkey, the Free Kurds and anyone else who feels like having a go has now reached such a complex state of entanglement however, that people really need an in depth understanding of what is going on, the kind of investigation you will not see in print news or on television, where the simplistic view is "we" are the guys in white hats, "they" are the ones wearing black hats.
In fact some people we think are friends are wearing black bandanas sporting the ISIS logo UNDER their white hats, in order to disguise where their true loyalties lie.
EU leaders have recently offered Turkey €3 billion in cash aid and the fast tracking of the Asian nation Turkey's application for European Union (EU) membership in return for Turkish cooperation in stopping the flow of undocumented migrants into Europe. Barack Obama, wannabe God King of the entire universe and everything else besides (sarcasm turned up to eleven there, do you get the impression I don't rate him - or any other modern politician - highly?) has announced that He wants Turkey in the EU and British Prime Minister David Cameron has said Turkey belongs in Europe (the EU's eastern members, those that were once ruled by The Ottoman empire have a different view, but that's another article). France's President Hollande and Germany's Chancellor Merkel are both enthusiastic supporters of Turkey's EU ambitions.
But what kind of nation are they thinking of allowing into the EU, and how trustworthy are its leaders.
The extent to which the leaders of the corrupt regime in Turkey's entanglement with ISIS has became apparent last weekend when an incensed Presdident Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered a retaliatory strike against Russian jets operating over Syria in revenge for Russia's attacking convoys of tanker trucks loaded with oil from wells in territory controlled by the Islamic State and heading for Turkey. Russian air strikes reportedly destroyed 1,000 tankers between the 19th and 25th November.
But why is Turkey, a NATO member involved in this illegal trade, which violates every international treaty and law prohibiting trade with or support for terrorism? Not for financial or strategic reasons, but because the regime in Turkey, which is widely rumoured to have stolen the recent election when the opposition had been expected to win because of corruption in the government. Here, in the sections below is an insight into how deep that corruption is.
Turkish Convoy Allegedly Carrying Weapons To ISIS Bombed In Syria
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According to a recent press by from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Russian government's foreign affairs chief, Sergei Lavrov claimed that, "by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS."
Lavrov, who likely knows more than we do about what happened, added: "Turkey’s actions appear premeditated, planned, and undertaken with a specific objective."
Then Lavrov dropped a bombshell by talking about Turkey’s role in supporting the terrorist Islamic State by facilitating the illegal trade oil from wells in ISIS held territory, by smuggling it into the western markets via convoys of road tankers travelling through Syria and Turky. From the Russian government press release:
"The Russian Minister reminded western leaders 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."
Others have also spoken of Turkey's role in helping ISIS sell oil to fund its operations. Retired French General Dominique Trinquand, now an adviser to the French government and EU said, "Turkey is either not fighting ISIL at all or very little, and does not interfere with different types of smuggling that takes place on its border, be it oil, phosphate, cotton or people," he said.
In the wake of the Paris terror attack but before Turkish aircraft shot down a Russian Su24 jet, Zero Hedge posed "The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is Asking" in which Tyler Durden posed the very cogent question, "who is responsible for breaching every known international law and United Nations resolution on funding terrorism by buying ISIS crude and selling it on as Turkish, Iraqi and Kurdish oil, almost certainly with the tacit approval by various "western alliance" governments, and why is it that these governments have allowed said middleman to continue funding ISIS for as long as it has?"
Now, as a result of Recep Edrogan's knee - jerk reaction to Russia's bombing one of the oil convoys we know who is the Mr. Big in Turkey behind the oil laundering operation that funds ISIS.
It is none other than President Recip Erdogan's son Bilal who is managing the transportation of ISIS oil through Turkey in huge road convoys, the convoys Russian bombers, working on the priniciple of cutting off Islamic State's money supply, attacked and destroyed, thus provoking Pappy Edrogan's angry response.
The son of the Turkish President, a man feted as an ally in the USA and Europe is the man who makes the export sales of ISIS-controlled oil possible. But then things are never what they seem to be so how much do we really know about ISIS
Bilal Erdogan is the owner of several shipping companies registered in tax haven states. He has also concluded contracts (allegedly) with European ship operators to carry oil stolen from Iraq to destinations in the far east. The way the laundering operation works is The Turkish government buys Iraqi or Kurdish oil from ISIS, Bilal Erdogan’s overland transport companies move it to the Turkish coast where his maritime businesses own special wharfs. From there the now Turkish oil can be shipped anywhere in the world so long as nobody asks difficult questions.
Bilal Erdogan is deeply involved in illegal activities that are financing terrorism and there is evidence that he, and the entire Edrogan family are implicated in a long list of crimes and financial irregularities but so long as Recep Tayyip Edrogan remains President of Turkey and the corrupt Edrogan regime remains an ally of the west, Bilal will remain immune from any judicial prosecution.
That, I'm sad to say, is how the world works in the twenty first century.
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