September 8, 2014 10:32 pm -

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]

D.B. Hirsch
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16 responses to ISIS Funding Itself By Stealing Oil And Smuggling It Into Turkey

  1. edmeyer_able September 8th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    If Turkey thinks they will escape the wrath of isis by turning a blind eye to this they are mistaken. This is the challenge that faces Obama in his effort to destroy isis and it can only be met with the assistance of every country in the surrounding area,

    • granpa.usthai September 8th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Depends on how much ISIS winds up owning. If they got nothing, they got nothing to lose, but if they wind up with a good bit…

  2. tiredoftea September 8th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Anyone know where the drones are? Anyone, anyone? Buehler?

    • granpa.usthai September 8th, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Where have all the flying drones gone?
      last I heard, they was trailing a bunch of cowboys on horseback heading east out of Nevada.

      • Pilotshark September 9th, 2014 at 9:56 am

        well hoping the ones still in Bunkerville move they`er camps out of that wash they was in cause if not, instead of moving on horse back, they was flowing like crap down a river.
        larger flooding around that area.

  3. juicyfruityyy September 8th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Turkey can not be aiding the opposition. ISIS, sounds like they will take no one as a prisoner. So, it is best to fight.

    • edmeyer_able September 8th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      imo….And this is where boots are needed, drones would not be a good mix in this situation. Turkey is a NATO member and must supply something to this effort.

      • granpa.usthai September 8th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

        Seems to me that the Saudi Kingdom would have just as much (or more) to be concerned about?

        • Pilotshark September 9th, 2014 at 9:51 am

          can not remember where i seen it but it was a little while ago, where Saudi Arabia was backing ISIS.
          that was the same time johnny wet-start McCain was telling everyone who would listen that he could tell who was the good guys from the bad, then was hear to say “is it my photo op ready”.

      • fahvel September 9th, 2014 at 2:54 am

        go for it soldier – put your boots on the ground and die. What’s accomplished? box work for carpenters.

        • edmeyer_able September 9th, 2014 at 6:49 am

          Ummm I think I just said that this is where Turkey and other NATO members need to play a role in this situation. I’m not asking any Potus to put US boots anywhere but where they are today.

  4. granpa.usthai September 8th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    If the oil is being transported via the pipelines, there’s got to be a willing buyer at the end. Maybe Turkey isn’t the only NATO ally aiding ISIS?

    • Ron Luce September 9th, 2014 at 12:12 am

      One would think, right?

      I’ve seen oil smuggling with my own eyes, when I lived in the Middle East. (At that time, it was Saddam’s embargoed oil.)

      The only thing I can conclude is that governments and oil companies allow it.

      In those Arab countries, you get hard jail time for carrying a Baggie of pot. But, a gigantic tanker full of smuggled oil? It’s supposedly untraceable!

      And it’s not just the Arabs. The Persian Gulf is jammed full of American Navy ships and fully covered by American surveillance satellites. The US must know exactly where all the tankers are loading and unloading.

      But why the US doesn’t do anything about oil smuggling? I don’t know.

      • fahvel September 9th, 2014 at 2:52 am

        whose oil is it? Iraqi, turkish, syrian, american??? meaningless question since it is as good a commodity as cocain and heroin. It will always be to the interest of some gangs need for power and profit – the usa being one of the worst facilitators.

      • mea_mark September 9th, 2014 at 10:11 am

        We are too dependent on the oil. We need to develop alternative sources of energy as fast as we can efficiently do it. Once the need for their oil is not there, hit the infrastructure moving the oil.

  5. Pilotshark September 9th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Well i am sure that those trucks and pipe lines are being asset and placed on targeting list, if not they should be soon.