Caught On Tape: Russian Air Force Destroys Dozens Of ISIS Oil Trucks

Tyler Durden's picture

Earlier today we revisited Islamic State’s most important revenue stream: crude oil.  

When US attack planes destroyed 116 ISIS oil trucks on November 16 (allegedly after dropping leaflets warning “innocent” drivers to scatter), it purportedly marked a shift in strategy. "Somehow", the Obama administration had grossly underestimated the proceeds ISIS derives from the illicit oil trade while overestimating the damage US warplanes had inflicted on the group’s oil infrastructure. 

Additionally, Bloomberg suggests the Pentagon routinely declined to take out tanker trucks for fear of collateral damage. “None of these guys are ISIS. We don’t feel right vaporizing them, so we have been watching ISIS oil flowing around for a year,” Michael Knights, an Iraq expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told Bloomberg.

There are a couple of things that should jump out at you there. First, it’s not exactly clear why it matters that the administration “underestimated” the amount of revenue ISIS derives from oil. That is, the difference between $100 million and $400 million per year would be quite meaningful if you were talking about a corporation here, but this is a terrorist group. Sure, it matters that they’re making four times more than you thought when it comes to assessing their operational capabilities (the more money you have, the more you can do), but it shouldn’t matter when it comes to formulating a strategy to cripple their ability to produce oil. It’s not like you can say “oh, well they’re only making $100 million per year, so that’s fine.. now if it’s $400 million, that’s where we’ll have to draw the line.”

Second, since when is the US worried about collateral damage when it comes to taking out “terrorists?” As The Intercept laid bare in a series of recent investigative reports, 90% of those killed in drone strikes aren’t the target. It’s not as if the CIA isn’t aware of that statistic each and every time they pull the trigger on an MQ9 Reaper. 

So sure, perhaps the US overestimated the effect its airstrikes were having on Islamic State’s oil production capabilities and perhaps The Pentagon was concerned with killing innocent truck drivers, but it could also be that, as Sergei Lavrov suggested earlier this week, the US has until now intentionally avoided hitting ISIS where it hurts in order to keep them in the game and ensure they can still be effective at destabilizing Assad. If you cut off the oil trade, they lose the ability to battle the regime.

In any event, there are other pressing questions about ISIS and oil and we encourage you to read more in The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is Asking,” but for now, we turn to Russia and The Kremlin’s efforts to dent Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wallet.

According to  Russian General Staff spokesman Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov, “around 500 fuel tanker vehicles transporting illegal oil from Syria to Iraq for processing have been destroyed by Russia’s Air Forces.” 

“In recent years, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other extremist groups have organized the operations of the so-called ‘pipeline on wheels’ on the territories they control,” Kartapolov continued, adding that “in just the first few days, [Russian] aviation has destroyed 500 fuel tanker trucks, which greatly reduced illegal oil export capabilities of the militants and, accordingly, their income from oil smuggling.” 

Without further ado, the video from the Russian Defense Ministry:

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Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

The CIA is not going to be happy. . . Time for the CIA's next backup plan.  Opium for the US markets.

two hoots's picture

 

This is actually a big deal as Russia is fully aware of where that oil is headed/ending up and how long it has been allowed to flow there.  Stopping/slowing it will ruffle some friendly feathers.  Further out it is a 40” pipeline issue that would be in Russia’s interest to block.  This all is making a little more sense

nuubee's picture

"Illegal Oil"... sounds like Civil Forfeiture to me.

Fed Supporter's picture

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Notice in the opening minutes an envelope against the gun control by the UN>  Hows a little terrorist attack to send a message to celebrities against gun control?

 

"Jesse Hughes, AKA Boots Electric, AKA The Fabulous Weapon, AKA “The Devil” – guitarist, beloved frontman of the band Eagles of Death Metal, man of God, and (possibly) aspiring conservative politician."

RafterManFMJ's picture

If there ever was a call for cluster bombs, right there it was.

Three strafing runs would have wiped out all of them.

remain calm's picture

Wait, Russia is Bombing Syrian oil fields to help keep world peace. Russia should win world peace price, nothing for them to gain by eliminating Syran oil capacity, right?. It would be like asking McDonalds to keep Wendy's in line and do whatever it takes.

Laowei Gweilo's picture

“None of these guys are ISIS. We don’t feel right vaporizing them.

 

lol the way he speaks of this sounds like a video gamer making a moral gameplay choice in a cutscene... so dehumanized

JLee2027's picture

I don't remember us being nice with Nazi trucks and trains. If they were German, we bombed the hell out of them. Let them go, and good people will die as a result.

SWRichmond's picture

Was is economic...that is to say, you make war on someone by making war on their economy.  Always been that way.

kralizec's picture

Jeez.  Isn't this going to create more extremists?

Still waiting for that rulebook...

tonyw's picture

Glad they are finally able to tell whio is and who isn't ISIS.

Good move by russia, truck drivers will be harder to find and the money going to ISIS greatly reduced.

Z-Boy's picture

The US can't afford to vaporize any more terrorists.  New one's seem to cost too much and without terrorist's how could there be a war on terror?  Get it?

jeff montanye's picture

on the evidence offered they're bombing trucks not oilfields.  if they wanted to reduce competition, i'd think they would be more involved with yemen and the much more seriously competitive saudis.

Quus Ant's picture

Who's to say this isn't a swipe at Saud?  Ghawar went online 65 years ago, it's hard to believe it isn't running stoney bone dry.

Could the  true intention of these under the table shipments of stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil be to hide diminishing Saudi capacity, preventing collapse until the West can reshuffle the deck in her favor? 

Striking these shipments strikes at the very heart of the beast.

Manthong's picture

What? No leaflets dropped first warning the terrorists to run away before the bombs hit?

Manthong's picture

geez, are you a slut or what?

Putin's going to put 150K troops in, kick ass, take names and fix the US's F-up.

BTW.. Moochie is the biggest fag in the cosmos.

hibou-Owl's picture

Maybe you can tell the yank pilots to look out the window before pushing the button.

The round things are wheels on oil tankers, and hospitals have crosses. If you watch Playschool they'll show you the difference.

Thanks Putin for doing a proper job, maybe if the Yanks had some clues Paris wouldn't have happened.

Deres's picture

They are also videos from russian bombing oil infrastructure. Mainly destroying big oil tanks. I d'ont remember any raffinery but is seems it is also possible to refine oil in crude little plant also. Maybe those raffinery have bben destroyed a long time ago, maybe by the syrian governement indeed.

JamesBond's picture

A-10's would have knocked them all out in 120 seconds; two passes max. 

83_vf_1100_c's picture

or an AC-130. Nice of ISIS to line them up so nicely.

Manthong's picture

Plus.. taking out that array would be a lot more fun in a Warthog than lobbing a few bombs.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Same effect with a SU-25 Frogfoot, they're terrific against land-based targets.

Abbie Normal's picture

AC-130 was already booked to engage an MSF hospital.

harrybrown's picture

pity Obumba is doing his jewish masters work, if not perhaps we would have seen them scream in, i lived next to a US air base for 20+ years (RAF Bentwaters) as a child, used to hear them most days

HowdyDoody's picture

And there you have it. The US could have stopped it all in a few days but didn't. Perhaps their surveillance satellite couldn't see what was going on, MH-17 style.

hairball48's picture

Exactly. I wondered about that too. Cluster bombs were made for that sort of target. And yeah I know that cluster bombs aren't liked by anti-war types. So what?

The  objective in war is to: WIN

No prize for 2nd place.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Drops a couple of bombs on those trucks get them good and alight, the rest will cook off from the initial fire and heat.

HowdyDoody's picture

The sites appear to be in the faw east of Syria, at the extreme end of the range for Su-25s and out of range of the attack helicopters. The Syrians need to reopen Kuweires airbase asap, then the whole country can be covered.

 

Deres's picture

Syria is easily covered from Lattakia with Su24 and SU34 that are long range tactical bombers.

Anyway, Syria is 500 km large at best, thus a Su25 with small tanks under the wing would have no difficulty attacking any point at all with its nominal 550 km range.

Deres's picture

Syria is easily covered from Lattakia with Su24 and SU34 that are long range tactical bombers.

Anyway, Syria is 500 km large at best, thus a Su25 with small tanks under the wing would have no difficulty attacking any point at all with its nominal 550 km range.

Deres's picture

Cluster bombs contains a HEAT charge in order to penetrate armor.

Unguided fragmentation bombs are sufficient for such unarmored targets.

Shrapnel will cripple trucks easily at more than 100 m from the impact.

Remember than the russian are using T22 bombers launching 12 bombs and flying in pair.

mc225's picture

yeah, maybe kind of interesting, the timing of this movie with surrounding events...

Antifaschistische's picture

can't we loan the Russians a couple of A10 Warthogs.  they don't need bombs when they're all lined up like that.  They need the gatling gun on the A10 and a few passes to light up the whole row.   Now that would be a video worth paying to watch

Kamath's picture

They have the Su-25. Why would they need A-10's? :)

847328_3527's picture

I bet they have camel back-ups for emergenices like this.

Paveway IV's picture

"...They have the Su-25. Why would they need A-10's?..."

For the GAU-8/A. There's nothing quite like lighting up a target at 65 rounds/second with nearly one-pound radioactive projectiles traveling 3200 fps. Frogfoots are cool, but Russian CAS pilots would absolutely love the A-10.

The sound if that gun is enough to make every jihadi within 10 km piss his pants while simultaneously burrowing into the sand like a fucking gopher. In fact, it kind of has that effect on anyone within earshot on the ground... or so I'm told.

Manthong's picture

To think that the Air Force wanted to get rid of the best big machine gun with a flying tank built around it is astounding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHv50lXfDHQ

Nobody For President's picture

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Stupid ass Air Farce Gererals. The Army should have offered to take all the A-10s off the Air Farce's hands when they had the chance. But I was Infantry, what the hell do I know?

Manthong's picture

Infantry knows about Angels when they see them wielding a GAU-8 sword.

But alas, this is Hussein's Air Farce dominatrix.. she probably couldn't tell a Warthog from a Hedgehog

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Secretary_of_the_Air_Force

http://www.eugeneleeslover.com/VIDEOS/USS_Cassin_Young_hedge.html

 

 

 

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

You don't need depleted Uranium shells, that is pure overkill; never mind the eternal pollution. Normal rounds or even better tracer would suffice.

BorisTheBlade's picture

True, DU are designated to penetrate thick armor, those trucks could light up with much less.

On the side note: I think those bomb runs will have a muh more lasting effect on ISIS ability to sustain itself than most weapons cache bombardments so far. Many Islamic fighters are in this for money contrary to popular belief, so there will be decrease in numbers among them. Truly hitting where it hurts - wallet.

Trogdor's picture

The sound if that gun is enough to make every jihadi within 10 km piss his pants while simultaneously burrowing into the sand like a fucking gopher. In fact, it kind of has that effect on anyone within earshot on the ground... or so I'm told.

From what my buddies who fly them told me, it doesn't even require them firing.  Just the hollow vacuum-cleaner whine of those high-bypass fans and some vulture-like orbiting was enough to stop armored columns and scatter the occupants into the desert - then they could line them up and buuuuuurp .... buuuuurrrp them all off to the scrapyard.  They (so-called "enemies") refer to the A-10 as "the cross of death."  And it was typical high-ranking military hubris and stupidity to end the A-10 ... but then, it's not really about "winning" .... it's about extending the conflict, depleting inventory, obscene contracts for the MIC .... and banksters having control of the ever expanding debt ;)

Deres's picture

Su25 also have a 30 mm cannon.

The GAU-8 is mainly usefull for its higher velocity against armored vehicles and its great number of ammo on board.

Using high penetration expensive uraninium ammo against trucks would be a pure waste of taxpayers'money !

Anyway, using any of those guns imply low level flying over ennemy territory far from rescue which is not the fashion of the time.

Deres's picture

Su25 also have a 30 mm cannon.

The GAU-8 is mainly usefull for its higher velocity against armored vehicles and its great number of ammo on board.

Using high penetration expensive uraninium ammo against trucks would be a pure waste of taxpayers'money !

Anyway, using any of those guns imply low level flying over ennemy territory far from rescue which is not the fashion of the time.

gladius17's picture

"The sound if that gun is enough to make every jihadi within 10 km piss his pants while simultaneously burrowing into the sand like a fucking gopher. In fact, it kind of has that effect on anyone within earshot on the ground... or so I'm told."

The first time I ever heard an A-10 firing was at FOB Baylough, Afghanistan. We were standing just outside the FOB wall in the pitch black night listening to some kind of battle that was going on over the next ridge. All of a sudden there is this really deep, loud WAAAAAAAAW sound echoing off the valley walls, and my heart skipped a few beats. My first thought was someone must have reincarnated a really pissed off T-Rex and set him loose. I'm like "What the HELL was that?!" The sergeant says "A-10." Holy shit. That thing sent chills up my spine.

Pazuzu's picture

The Russians have declared their AO in Syria to be DU-free.

Manthong's picture

Go figure..

The Rooskies are more environmentally conscientious than the black Nobel Prize winning Murderer –In-Chief.