While the US has long hyped the problem of ISIS oil smuggling, the recent Russian Defense Ministry presentation, showing significant evidence of Turkey being involved in buying ISIS oil and taking it to refineries run by the Turkish government, has changed their tune.
After a previous denial of the allegation against Turkey, the US is now admitting that the oil is ending up smuggled into Turkey, but insists it is “of no significance” because so much of the oil produced in ISIS-controlled parts of Syria is consumed inside Syria.
“The amount of oil being smuggled is extremely low and has decreased over time,” claimed US special envoy Amos Hochstein, a stunning admission which suggests the US was well aware of oil smuggling into Turkey even before the Russian evidence.
It also dramatically undercuts the US military’s strategy in Syria, which centers on blowing up oil trucks in the area to stop the smuggling. If the US believes that smuggling is totally insignificant, it suggests the strikes are being continued with no real expectation of it amounting to anything.
Russia, by contrast, still believes the smuggling is significant, and has reported it will continue to target oil convoys heading for the Turkish border.
14 thoughts on “US Downplays Turkish Acquisition of ISIS Oil”
I think someone has contaminated the DC water supply with a massive dose of STUPID.
It's all about regime change; everything else is kabuki to keep the CNN viewers squawking and clueless.
The more Putin bogs himself down, the better.
The ONLY player in this sodid mess who can hold his head up with pride – is Mr.Putin
facts are these the US is funding Al Qaeda different name same Al Qaeda just as they have since Afghanistan way back in the Reagan days, all through the CIA! In relation to ISIS it is being funded by Bahrain but no waves there , that's were the US fleet ties up! Same with the Saudi's don't want to upset the worlds oil flow! Yes this is all about regime change but wait till Isis and Al Qaeda
wins and they turn their sights on a bigger prize! How far is Jerusalem from the Syrian Border SIXTY MILES and what is half way between, Armageddon! Israel is foolishly pre occupied with the Palestinians!
The U.S. regime is a criminal regime violating border integrity and supporting violent armed groups in overthrowing a sovereign government. Obama and his top officials should be sanctioned by the UN but of course that will never happen.
Meanwhile the U.S. Vice President's son is running an Oil "Enterprise" in the Ukraine.
Seems like a popular racket for politician's sons these days.
By the way, I wonder where Biden Jr. is getting his oil from?
It's a short hop from Istanbul to Odessa, with NATO naval and air bases along the way to help out if something should go wrong.
Lie and Lie again…………
After Russia exposed Turkey/ISIS dealing in stolen Syrian oil, Erdogan vehemently denied it and would resign if Russia had proof. Here we have US admitting it which would explain their reluctance to bomb the supply line until Russia came on the scene.
US admission, Russian/Iranian proof now nothing is stopping Erdogan from resigning.
Erdogan was merely declaiming his unswerving loyalty to ISIL. He wasn't actually going to resign.
I expect another reason the US wants to shift the spotlight from this awkward topic is that its "ally" the rogue state of Israel seems to be helping the Turks distribute the oil , and is perhaps buying some itself. Somebody must be buying it!
Well duh? it's one of those moments when the proponent of an anti gay sex law gets caught balls deep in a bell-boy, or another Duggar turns out to be a ''buggar'. of course we don't want to air this set of skid-marked 'gatchies'. The last time this was happening and Saddam was selling the national patrimony for greenbacks, it was a Texan 'stud muffin' who was wheeelin' and a-dealin' – and the head of the UN.
Sometimes 'business is business' comes close to a breach of the Treason Act.
The original premise of US and Brit neocons is that Iraqi oil would pay all cost of the invasion and that has been proven out as US helps fund building of Kurdistan nation out of old Iraq lands by helping them sell oil through Turkey.
US began ISIS on same premise oil would fund the overthrow of Assads Syria and other groups could do as Kurds do steal Iraq and Dyrian oil
KUWAIT IS STILL SLANT DRILLING TO STEAL IRAQ oiL AND US HAS MILITARY BASES ALONG ITS IRAQ BORDER.
When Syria falls the new.government will pay to rebuild the infrastructure that Euros are destroying.
Nothing will begin without Syrian oil guaranteeing cost paid to Euro contractors for its buildings.
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