ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal: "Raqqa's Rockefellers", Bilal Erdogan, KRG Crude, And The Israel Connection

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"Effectively, we have been financially discriminated against for a long time. By early 2014, when we did not receive the budget, we decided we need to start thinking about independent oil sales” --  Ashti Hawrami, Kurdistan’s minister for natural resources

In June of 2014, the SCF Altai (an oil tanker) arrived at Ashkelon port. Hours later, the first shipment of Kurdish pipeline oil was being unloaded in Israel. “Securing the first sale of oil from its independent pipeline is crucial for the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) as it seeks greater financial independence from war-torn Iraq,” Reuters noted at the time, adding that “the new export route to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, designed to bypass Baghdad's federal pipeline system, has created a bitter dispute over oil sale rights between the central government and the Kurds.”

A week earlier, the SCF Altai received the Kurdish oil in a ship-to-ship transfer from the The United Emblem off the coast of Malta. The United Emblem loaded the crude at Ceyhan where a pipeline connects the Turkish port to Kurdistan. 

The Kurds’ move to sell crude independent of Baghdad stems from a long-running budget dispute. Without delving too far into the details, Erbil is entitled to 17% of Iraqi oil revenue and in return, the KRG is supposed to transfer some 550,000 bpd to SOMO (Iraq’s state-run oil company). Almost immediately after the deal was struck late last year, Baghdad claimed the Kurds weren’t keeping up their end of the bargain and so, only a fraction of the allocated budget was sent to Erbil during the first five months of the year. 

This was simply a continuation of a protracted disagreement between Erbil and Baghdad over how much of the state’s crude revenue should flow to the KRG. For its part, Iraq has threatened to sue anyone that buys independently produced Kurdish oil. For instance, when The United Kalavrvta - which left Ceyhan last June - prepared to dock in Galveston, Texas a month later, a SOMO official told Reuters that Iraq’s foreign legal team was “watching closely the movement of the vessel and [was] ready to target any potential buyer regardless of their nationality.”

You get the idea. Erbil wants a bigger piece of the pie, Baghdad doesn’t want to give it to them, and so some time ago, the KRG decided to simply cut the Iraqi government out and export crude on its own. The dispute is ongoing. 

(at an Erbil oil refinery, the Kurds stand guard)

Ok, so why are we telling you this? Recall that over the past several weeks, we’ve spent quite a bit of time documenting Islamic State’s lucrative black market oil trade. Earlier this month, Vladimir Putin detailed the scope of the operation in meetings with his G20 colleagues. "I’ve shown photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” he told journalists on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya. The very same day, the US destroyed some 116 ISIS oil trucks, an effort that was widely publicized in the Western media. In the two weeks since, Moscow and Washington have vaporized a combined 1,300 ISIS oil transport vehicles. 

No one knows why it took the US 14 months to strike the convoys. The official line is that The Pentagon was concerned about “collateral damage”, but  we doubt that’s the reason (for a detailed discussion of this, see here). Well now that the mainstream media have been forced to take a closer look at Islamic State’s main source of revenue (the group makes nearly a half billion a year in the illicit oil trade), we decided to take a closer look at exactly who is facilitating the transport of the stolen crude and where it ultimately ends up because you can be sure that the story you get from the major wires will be colored by a slavish tendency to avoid any and all “inconvenient” revelations. This is the fourth in a series of articles on the subject and we encourage you to review the first three: 

On Friday we highlighted an academic study by George Kiourktsoglou and Dr Alec D Coutroubis who took a look at tanker rates at Ceyhan around siginifant oil-related events involving ISIS. Here's what the researchers found: 

In their words, "it seems that whenever the Islamic State is fighting in the vicinity of an area hosting oil assets, the 13 exports from Ceyhan promptly spike. This may be attributed to an extra boost given to crude oil smuggling with the aim of immediately generating additional funds, badly needed for the supply of ammunition and military equipment."

Now you can begin to see the connection. Ceyhan is the port from which Kurdish oil (technically "illegal" to let Baghdad tell it) is transported, and as Kiourktsoglou and Coutroubis note, "the quantities of crude oil that are being exported to the terminal in Ceyhan exceed the mark of one million barrels per day and given that ISIS has never been able to trade daily more than 45,000 barrels of oil, it becomes evident that the detection of similar quantities of smuggled crude cannot take place through stock-accounting methods." In other words, if ISIS oil was being shipped from Ceyhan, it would essentially be invisible.

Here's where things get interesting. A few weeks ago, Reuters released an exclusive report detailing how Erbil hides its crude shipments from Baghdad. Here are some of the details: 

Most customers were scared of touching it with Baghdad threatening to sue any buyer. Large oil companies - including Exxon Mobil and BP - have billions of dollars worth of joint projects with Baghdad.


Some buyers took tankers to Ashkelon, Israel, where it was loaded into storage facilities to be resold later to buyers in Europe. Kurdish oil was also sold offshore Malta via ship-to-ship transfers helping disguise the final buyers and thus protect them from threats from Iraqi state firm SOMO.


It was a high stakes game. A ship would dock off Malta waiting for another to arrive to take a cargo to a final destination. Sometimes two ships would be sent - one sailing off empty and another full - to complicate cargo tracking.


"Everyone suddenly became a ship tracking expert. So we had to raise our game too ... But one thing was proven correct - when oil is out, it flows," said Hawrami.

Ok, so a scheme involving ship-to-ship transfers off the coast of Malta was used to get Kurdish crude to places like Israel. "Israeli refineries and oil companies imported more than 19m barrels of Kurdish oil between the beginning of May and August 11, according to shipping data, trading sources and satellite tanker tracking," FT reported last week. "That is the equivalent of about 77 per cent of average Israeli demand, which runs at roughly 240,000 barrels per day. More than a third of all of the northern Iraqi exports, which are shipped from Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, went to Israel over the period."

At this juncture, we begin to get an idea of what's going on here. Kurdish oil is already technically illegal and Turkey is happy to facilitate its trip to foreign buyers via Ceyhan. What better way for ISIS to get its own oil to market than by moving it through a port that already deals in suspect crude? Al-Araby al-Jadeed (a London-based media outlet owned by the Qatari Fadaat Media) claims to have obtained a wealth of information about the route to Ceyhan from an unnamed colonel in the Iraqi Intelligence Services. Here's their account

The information was verified by Kurdish security officials, employees at the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan, and an official at one of three oil companies that deal in IS-smuggled oil.


The Iraqi colonel, who along with US investigators is working on a way to stop terrorist finance streams, told al-Araby about the stages that the smuggled oil goes through from the points of extraction in Iraqi oil fields to its destination - notably including the port of Ashdod, Israel.


"After the oil is extracted and loaded, the oil tankers leave Nineveh province and head north to the city of Zakho, 88km north of Mosul," the colonel said. Zakho is a Kurdish city in Iraqi Kurdistan, right on the border with Turkey.


"After IS oil lorries arrive in Zakho - normally 70 to 100 of them at a time - they are met by oil smuggling mafias, a mix of Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, in addition to some Turks and Iranians," the colonel continued.


"The person in charge of the oil shipment sells the oil to the highest bidder," the colonel added. Competition between organised gangs has reached fever pitch, and the assassination of mafia leaders has become commonplace.


The highest bidder pays between 10 and 25 percent of the oil's value in cash - US dollars - and the remainder is paid later, according to the colonel.


The drivers hand over their vehicles to other drivers who carry permits and papers to cross the border into Turkey with the shipment, the Iraqi intelligence officer said. The original drivers are given empty lorries to drive back to IS-controlled areas. 


Once in Turkey, the lorries continue to the town of Silopi, where the oil is delivered to a person who goes by the aliases of Dr Farid, Hajji Farid and Uncle Farid.


Uncle Farid is an Israeli-Greek dual national in his fifties. He is usually accompanied by two strong-built men in a black Jeep Cherokee.


Once inside Turkey, IS oil is indistinguishable from oil sold by the Kurdistan Regional Government, as both are sold as "illegal", "source unknown" or "unlicensed" oil.


The companies that buy the KRG oil also buy IS-smuggled oil, according to the colonel. 

Now obviously that's a remarkable degree of detail, but regardless of whether you believe in "Uncle Farid" and his black Jeep Cherokee, the main point is that there are smuggling routes into Turkey and once the oil is across the border, it might as well be Kurdish crude because after all, it's all "illegal", "unlicensed" product anyway, just as we said above. 

Next, Al-Araby al-Jadeed says a handful of oil companies (which they decline to identify) ship the oil from the Turkish ports of Mersin, Dortyol and Ceyhan to Israel. 

Here's the alleged route:

While the graphic shows the crude going directly from Ceyhan to Ashdod, it's worth asking whether ISIS crude is also "laundered" (as it were) through the same Malta connection utilized by those smuggling "illegal" Kurdish crude (which also ends up in Israel). We ask that because as it turns out, Bilal Erdogan owns a Maltese shipping company. "The BMZ Group, a company owned by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son Bilal alongside other family members, has purchased two tankers in the last two months at a total cost of $36 million," Today's Zaman reported in September. "The tankers, which will be registered to the Oil Transportation & Shipping company in October -- an affiliate of the BMZ Group set up in Malta -- were previously rented to the Palmali Denizcilik company for 10 years."

Here's a look at recent port data from Ceyhan and Ashdod via (Malta-flagged oil vessels are highlighted).



To be sure, all of this is circumstantial and there's all kinds of ambiguity here, but it seems entirely possible that Erdogan is knowingly trafficking in ISIS crude given what we know about Ankara's dealings with illegal Kurdish oil. Consider this from al-Monitor

Details of the energy deals struck between Turkey and the KRG remain sketchy amid claims that Erdogan and his close circle are financially benefiting from them. According to Tolga Tanis, the Washington correspondent for the mass circulation daily Hurriyet who investigated the claims, Powertrans, the company that was granted an exclusive license to carry and trade Kurdish oil by Erdogan’s Cabinet in 2011, is run by his son-in-law Berat Albayrak. It didn’t take long for the notoriously litigious Erdogan to file defamation charges against Tanis.


Several Iraqi Kurdish officials who refused to be identified by name confirmed that Ahmet Calik, a businessman with close ties to Erdogan, had been granted the tender to carry Kurdish oil via overland by trucks to Turkey.

In other words, Erdogan is already moving illicit crude from the KRG (with whom Ankara is friendly by the way, despite the fact that they are Kurds) via a son-in-law and in large quantities. What's to say he isn't moving ISIS crude via the same networks through his son Bilal? Or perhaps through his other son Burak who Today's Zaman reminds us "also owns a fleet of ships [and] was featured in a report by the Sözcü daily in 2014 [when his] vessel Safran 1 was anchored in Israel's port of Ashdod." Here's a picture circulated on social media that purports to show Bilal Erdogan with ISIS commanders (because we do try at all times to be unbiased, we should also note that the men shown below could just be three regular guys with beards with no connection to any black flag-waving desert bandits):

Russian media claims the men are "ISIS leaders who it is [thought] participated in massacres in Syria’s Homs and Rojava, the Kurdish name for Syrian Kurdistan or Western Kurdistan."

One person who definitely thinks the Erdogans are trafficking in ISIS oil is Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi who said the following on Friday: 

“All of the oil was delivered to a company that belongs to the son of Recep [Tayyip] Erdogan. This is why Turkey became anxious when Russia began delivering airstrikes against the IS infrastructure and destroyed more than 500 trucks with oil already. This really got on Erdogan and his company’s nerves. They’re importing not only oil, but wheat and historic artefacts as well."

And then there's Iraq's former National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie who posted the following to his Facebook page on Saturday: 

“First and foremost, the Turks help the militants sell stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil for $20 a barrel, which is half the market price." 

Meanwhile, the US is preparing for an all-out ISIS oil propaganda war. As WSJ reported on Wednesday, "the Treasury [has] accused a Syrian-born businessman, George Haswani, who his a dual Syrian-Russian citizen, of using his firm, HESCO Engineering and Construction Co., for facilitating oil trades between the Assad regime and Islamic State." Why Assad would buy oil from a group that uses the cash at its disposal to wage war against Damascus is an open question especially when one considers that Assad's closest allies (Russia and Iran) are major oil producers. Of course between all the shady middlemen and double dealing, there's really no telling.

Ultimately we'll probably never know the whole story, but what we do know (and again, most of the evidence is either circumstantial, anecdotal, of largely qualitative) seems to suggest that in addition to providing guns and money to the FSA and al-Nusra, Turkey may well be responsible for facilitating Islamic State's $400+ million per year oil enterprise. And as for end customers, consider the following bit from Al-Araby al-Jadeed:

According to a European official at an international oil company who met with al-Araby in a Gulf capital, Israel refines the oil only "once or twice" because it does not have advanced refineries. It exports the oil to Mediterranean countries - where the oil "gains a semi-legitimate status" - for $30 to $35 a barrel.


"The oil is sold within a day or two to a number of private companies, while the majority goes to an Italian refinery owned by one of the largest shareholders in an Italian football club [name removed] where the oil is refined and used locally," added the European oil official.


"Israel has in one way or another become the main marketer of IS oil. Without them, most IS-produced oil would have remained going between Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Even the three companies would not receive the oil if they did not have a buyer in Israel," said the industry official.

Finally, you'll note that this is all an effort to answer what we called "the most important question about ISIS that no one is asking" - namely, "who are the middlemen?" As we noted more than a week ago, "we do know who they may be: the same names that were quite prominent in the market in September when Glencore had its first, and certainly not last, near death experience: the Glencores, the Vitols, the Trafiguras, the Nobels, the Mercurias of the world." Consider that, and consider what Reuters says about the trade in illicit KRG oil: "Market sources have said several trading houses including Trafigura and Vitol have dealt with Kurdish oil. Both Trafigura and Vitol declined to comment on their role in oil sales."

Similarly, FT notes that "both Vitol and Trafigura had paid the KRG in advance for the oil, under so-called 'pre-pay' deals, helping Erbil to bridge its budget gaps."

Indeed, when Kurdistan went looking for an advisor to assist in the effort to circumvent Baghdad, the KRG chose "Murtaza Lakhani, who worked for Glencore in Iraq in the 2000s, to assist finding ships."

"He knew exactly who would and who wouldn't deal with us. He opened the doors to us and identified willing shipping companies to work with us," Ashti Hawrami (quoted above) said.

Indeed. And given everything said above about the commingling of illegal KRG crude and illicit ISIS oil shipments, it's probably a foregone conclusion that these same firms are assisting in transport arrangements for Islamic State.

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Noplebian's picture
Noplebian (not verified) Nov 28, 2015 3:38 PM
Looney's picture

Raqqafellers! Hilarious!  ;-)


Pancake's picture
Pancake (not verified) Looney Nov 28, 2015 3:49 PM

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Occident Mortal's picture

Outstanding work.


And Raqqafellers will stick.


I pointed to these assholes yesterday...

Isy's picture

All the weapons in the world won't matter once ISIS army kick into gear!

TeamDepends's picture

Golf clap from the heart for Tyler!

quintago's picture

Right after 9/11, the Israelis swept in and starting building links with the Kurds. Google it. They are using the Kurds as a destabilizer and as a source for oil. Ashkelon and Haifa moving oil to europe is their grand dream.

NidStyles's picture

Another conspiracy theory involving Mr. Shekelstein proven true.... 

BuddyEffed's picture

If there has been ship to ship transfers I bet someone, and maybe several recon capable countries have spy photos. That could be part of the over the top game here. Let's bargain or we will release photos.

WTFRLY's picture

Joo World Order unpacking ... ... ... ... ... 22% 

BuddyEffed's picture

This just in :
Erdogan expressing regrets for the downed plane. Also probably regretting ZH analysis.

I'm guessing the photos of the ship to ship transfers won't be released at this time.

jefferson32's picture

Once again Meyssan's analysis proves extremely accurate. In July 2014, he writes:

On June 20, Israel bought the oil that the local Kurdish government had stolen in Kirkuk despite the international opinion voiced by the Iraqi federal government. The transit of the oil had been facilitated by the ISIL which controls the pipeline and Turkey which allowed the goods to be loaded onto a tanker at the port of Ceyhan.

Occident Mortal's picture

Coming soon...

Russian naval blockade of Ceyhan.

Manthong's picture

Well.. WTF....  at least they are well lubed.


Anonymous User's picture
Anonymous User (not verified) Manthong Nov 28, 2015 8:46 PM

They are so well lubed, they might start humping each other's legs. 

To each his own.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Anonymous User Nov 28, 2015 10:37 PM
Massimo Moratti who is the owner of the Sarroch Refinery in Sardinia also owns the football club Inter Milan.

Moratti is selling his shares in Inter to United Arabs Emirates investors.

When asked "How do you fans feel about this"

one answer:

[–]mozfather123  1 point 1 month ago 

Id say its a shame that a Italian owner is leaving serie a ...but in moratti's case i say good riddance. He basically fore fronted the foreign player invasion in serie a and is the root problem why the Italian national team isn't as good as they use to be.

Moratti just another billionaire globalist!


r3ct1f13r's picture

Well there ya go... Crude in the $20's

BuddyEffed's picture

Interesting question.  If there was some ship to ship transfers, was there any other ships standing guard?

Manthong's picture

bypass Baghdad's federal pipeline system,..

oops.. that is what independence and freedom ooks like.

Manthong's picture

“Almost 150 heads of state, including David Cameron, Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are heading to Paris for the start of the most important environmental meeting for decades.

Ahead of the summit, more than 175 countries have tabled pledges (known as intended nationally determined contributions, or INDCs) to cut their carbon emissions which, if enacted, would be enough to limit global warming to 2.7C. But the United Nations has pledged to limit climate change to 2C – and would much prefer it to be 1.5C.”

Tax.. Tax.. Carbon Credit Exchange  up against the wall muther f’r’s

BurningFuld's picture

This will be the largest fleecing of the human population in the history of man kind.  I just hope we get something like the massive Antartic ice pack increasing in size to stop this madness.

Manthong's picture

actually, that won't likely happen until the polar bears increase in populatiion by a few thousand per cent..

..which at the rate the ice pack is increassing, might be next week


Manthong's picture

And y’know,  the South Pacific low islanders are a bit worried about sea levels rising, but they might want to start considering what their beaches might be like if they became mountainous as global cooling and the arctic regions suck the water out of the oceans.


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Over the last couple of weeks, United Dynamic and another Suezmax managed by MMS, United Emblem, have apparently discharged two more cargoes of Kurdish crude around Southeast and North Asia, according to market sources familiar with the developments.

United Emblem did a ship-to-ship transfer in the South China Sea, a Singapore-based shipping agent said. "Very few [people] want to talk about it," the agent said with reference to the secrecy involved and sensitivity of the matter. Names of receivers of the cargoes were not immediately available.

"All this is being done under the radar for obvious reasons," said a VLCC broker in Singapore. The crude from Kurdistan is available at a heavy discount while shipowners charge higher freight for moving the cargoes, he said.

Unlike Iranian crude, shipping of which has been severely restricted by Western sanctions preventing ships getting insurance, KRG faces no such restrictions and Protection and Indemnity (P&I) clubs do provide cover for ships moving Kurdish crude, the broker said.

After ship-to-ship transfer, the crude gets blended with other grades so the origin cannot be traced and it is sold in smaller parcels to buyers in China and countries in Southeast Asia, market watchers said.

There are at least a dozen VLCCs functioning as floating storage units within and outside Malaysia's Tanjung Pelepas port alone for blending and storage of crude and fuel oil, an official of a global port storage logistics company said.

But many in the tanker market are reluctant to load Kurdish crude when it can lead to being deprived of the lucrative business of Basrah loadings.

"The risk in carrying out such trades remains. Iraq's government can appoint lawyers and send sea marshalls to get the ship arrested on the grounds that the cargo belongs to them and was sold illegally," one of the shipping brokers said.

--Sameer C. Mohindru;
--Edited by Alisdair Bowles,




Manthong's picture

well the good news is that there a lot of dry boats around nowadays.

Manthong's picture

Well guess what…

You crave planetary warming?”

Before the oceans warm up 2.7C likely they will boil to 90C because of a CME.

If you like your global cooling/global warming/climate change/ anthropomorphic weather F'ng, you can keep your weather F'ng. 

We are not able to change the weather, except if you do wierd contrails.

When I am dead I will have a nice Harp.


Manthong's picture

And Mr. -.-... evil as is the situation you describe with the stolen oil.. it pales in comparison to what the UN is planning to do to freedom and what used to be the U.S.


Manthong's picture

so now.. adieu

so..don't need to hang around anymoar

3Wishes's picture

Exterminate Exterminate

giggler321's picture

Yer - another easy to solve problem with the same solution.  Remove Israel and the problem goes.

NidStyles's picture

Oh goodness no, send the Jews there and cut them off and let them deal with the mess they have created. 

conscious being's picture

ISIS jihadis control the Iraqi portion of the Kirkuk, Iraq to Ceyhan, Turkey pipeline, transporting discounted oil to the Zionist Entity aka Israel!!

What kind of jihadis want to work with and support Israel?

McCormick No. 9's picture

It's the devil's calculus: The end justifies the means. Right now, ISIS needs money. The Israelis have it. The Israelis need oil. ISIS has it. But really, it looks like ISIS simply piggybacks their oil on the Kurds, who also are their enemies...My guess is, ISIS will come for the Zionist Entity when they are ready, but by then, they will have been thoroughly co-opted by the Zionists, and so, actually, they won't bother. It's the same old story, yet the irony never seems to get old.

NidStyles's picture

You are missing the script here. 


ISIS was created by Israel. It's their operation. It's all a giant scam so they can make easy money off of essentially stolen oil. This is what 9/11 was all about. The US removed Saddam for Israel, so their forces could actually maneuver there without fear of losing. If Israel was seen losing a fight like that, all of the Middle-East would turn on them and eat them instantly. The Egyptians would roll over them over night and take everything that wasn't tied down and rape their women. The Lebanese would do the same thing. They only have their safety due to controlling the House of Saud, and they are very good at propaganda. Not because their military is any good. They push the image that it is, just like they push the image of the lame duck white men down our throats in every tv show, along with white women sleeping with black men. White men with Asians and Jewish girls. They fucking run Hollywood FFS. 


It doesn't take a genius to examine any of their past conflicts to see that they are not good at warfare in the slightest. They have never won a fight against an equal foe, and have lost against many that were lesser. Israel fights with subversion, just like all Jews do. They know they can't win a standup fight, so they avoid them and manipulate others into doing it for them.

turnoffthewater's picture

"No one knows why it took the US 14 months to strike the convoys. The official line is that The Pentagon was concerned about “collateral damage”".

Most ZHer's know why and don't watch MSM.

Hey MIC try that statement on the doctors and nurses you murdered.

Thank you ZH and many other alt media sites.

jeff montanye's picture

as the zh post linked, regarding why the u.s. took so long to attack, half-assedly, the isis oil tankers, "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." 

not dead yet's picture

Wall Street and the bankers have a free hand to do as much thieving as they please as long as they saddle up when DC wants to screw some other country or do some illegal dirty work. Once in a while they throw some crook in the slam for show to placate the populace. Thus the US, along with it's compliant army of souless bankers, satellites, phone taps and intercepts , NSA hacking, spies, high level foreign banking informants, and such have a very good handle on the complete picture. That does not mean they can catch all the small stuff like Charlie Hebdo or the latest Paris attacks. There is speculation they knew about Paris and let it happen. To say the US didn't know about the truck tankers into Turkey, the ship to ship transfers in the Med, the hundreds if not thousands of civilian trucks full of goods traffic from Turkey into ISIS areas, or where the money trails are defies belief. This is just more examples of the US supporting ISIS. That bull crap that the US can't bomb ISIS because they might hurt civilians is mere pablum for the masses in the centuries long line of propaganda fed to it's citizens that the US does only good and a fantastic excuse for the lack of success against ISIS . Notice not a peep out of the US when Israel bombed schools and hospitals because Hamas terrorsits were supposedly hiding there. Or the ongoing drone campaign that has killed thousands of innocent people and has people daily living in terror but not a tear is shed for them in DC. When the Russians started bombing those tankers and let the world know the score Obama had no choice but to join in the fray as he not only lost face but by not doing so the willfully blinded sheep would finally become aware of what many of us have known for a long time. ISIS was created and is supported by the US and all the carnage and death in the ME is intentionally done directly, by bombing, or indirectly through proxies, ISIS or it's ilk, by the US. The recent reports that the US will join with Russia to eradicate ISIS for good is more bullshit as Obama has his agenda and he will keep on until there are no more Syrians to kill. Just as in that clusterfuck the US created in Ukraine the US will "fight" to the last Ukrainian.

Twodogs's picture

Give up your jew hatred and get a life, fir fuck's sake 

Bunghole's picture

Get your head out of your ass FFS

jefferson32's picture

To understand how Turkey can, on one hand, cooperate with the Kurds in northern Irak - and enable their oil commerce - and, on the other hand, be fighting Kurds in Syria (and Turkey itself), it is important to realize these two populations, although both ethnically kurdish, have little in common.

For starters, they don't speak the same language, and killed each other throughout the Cold War.

Nowadays, the Iraki Kurds are pro-West and lead by Barzani (admitedly a Mossad agent put in place by the Americans and British). The Syrian Kurds are aligned with Iran and Russia.

Thierry Meyssan's exposé is much better than mine:

jeff montanye's picture

thank you, that is enlightening.

strannick's picture

This is huge.

I wonder why the NYTimes or CNN didn't mention it...


chunga's picture

Sulzberger and Zucker will say it's racist. Silly!

Fish Gone Bad's picture

KFI will pick it up in Los Angeles, they apparently read ZH.

jeff montanye's picture

well it isn't "good for the jews", as they, repeatedly, say.

SHADEWELL's picture

It is not in the major rags, because, young man, its more bs., yello journalism at its apex

Similar to the red coats, this website promotes the trash to support the whims of the Napolean in the Kremlin, note the wording below, taken from the above article


To be sure, all of this is circumstantial and there's all kinds of ambiguity here, but it seems entirely possible that Erdogan is knowingly trafficking in ISIS crude given what we know about Ankara's dealings with illegal Kurdish oil


In other words, propaganda and speculation promoted by the biased scribes here at the ZH

"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers".

Thomas Jefferson

McMolotov's picture

On the one hand, you say the story isn't in the mainstream media because the story is "propaganda." On the other hand, you post a quote that attacks the mainstream media as outlets of misinformation. Fail.


Bay of Pigs's picture

Yet another shitty few week old troll posting nonsense. Easy to spot them these days.