ISIS Funding Itself By Stealing Oil And Smuggling It Into Turkey
And Turkey seems powerless to do anything about it.
“Turkey’s hands are tied,” says Celalettin Yavuz, a political analyst and former military officer who taught at Turkey’s military academy. The threat of possible ISIS attacks within the Muslim-majority country is another factor that could dampen Ankara’s enthusiasm for decisive action against the jihadists. According to Turkish media reports, ISIS members have warned of such reprisals…
The ISIS fuel comes from Syrian oil fields near the militia’s powerbase in Raqqa and is transported in trucks to the region bordering Turkey. The fuel is then brought into the country in plastic barrels or by pipelines…
Ankara denies giving support to ISIS or other extremist Sunni groups fighting in Syria. Turkey has been pursuing what it calls an “open door” policy concerning refugees from Syria, taking in around 1.2 million people from the neighboring country since the uprising against Assad began more than three years ago.
Critics within Turkey and abroad say the Islamists have been able to use Turkish territory to bring fresh fighters and weapons into Syria and to rotate troops. In a report leaked to the press this year, the governor of the Turkish border province of Hatay described how more than 100 ISIS fighters arrived in the border town of Reyhanli in March to rest at a hotel for several days before heading back into Syria. Tanal, the opposition politician, said ISIS fighters had been treated in Turkish state hospitals. [su_csky_ad]