Putin Accuses US Of ISIS Oil Coverup

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Last Wednesday, the Russian MoD delivered a lengthy presentation which contained compelling visual evidence of a connection between Islamic State’s illegal and highly profitable trade in stolen Iraqi and Syrian crude and Turkey. Here are some highlights:

After loading up with oil, a truck convoy in east Syria heads toward Turkey in direction Al-Qamishli:

October 18: in the Drer-ez-zor region a satellite imagte reveals 1772 oil trucks:

November 14: in the Tavan and Zaho regions, in the zone where coalition forces are active, one can see a gathering of oil trucks:

November 28: in the region Kara-Choh on the territory of an oil refinery one can see 50 oil trucks:

The routes of alleged oil smuggling from Syria and Iraq to Turkey:

A substantial part from east Syria enter a refinery in Batman, Turkey (100km from the Syria border):

The slide show, hosted by Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoly Antonov, featured photos of oil trucks, videos of airstrikes and maps detailing the trafficking of stolen oil. It was the latest PR snafu for Erdogan who is struggling to convince Turkey’s allies that The Kremlin’s accusations are unfounded and that Ankara isn’t set to put NATO in an awkward position by effectively instigating a shooting war with Russia. 

Washington came to Erdogan’s defense in the aftermath of Moscow’s claims as State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the US is confident that Ankara “is not complicit in Islamic State oil smuggling.” Russia seemed to take that denial in stride, but after US special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, Amos Hochstein, said on Friday that the amount of oil smuggled into Turkey from Syria is "of no significance from a volume perspective", Moscow appears to have had enough. 

On Saturday, Russia accused the US of participating in a cover-up. “Our colleagues from the State Department and the Pentagon have confirmed that the photo-proof, which we presented at a briefing [on December 2], of the origin and destination of the stolen oil, coming from the areas controlled by the terrorists, is authentic. However, the US claim that they ‘don’t see the border crossings with tanker trucks crossing the border,’ raises a smile, if only, because the photos are still images,”  Major General Igor Konashenkov, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. “We advise the American side to have a look at how the tanker trucks not only drive through checkpoints at the Turkish border, but pass through them without even stopping.

As RT notes, an unnamed US State Department official confirmed to Reuters on Friday that the Russian photos of thousands of oil tanker trucks in Syria were authentic [but] stressed that he hasn’t seen “the imagery of the border crossing with trucks crossing the border, and that’s because [the US doesn't] believe it exists.”

Well, here it is:

"The declarations of the Pentagon and the State Department seem like a theatre of the absurd," the MoD added, before noting that Washington should "watch the videos taken by its (own) drones which have recently been three times as numerous over the Turkey-Syria border and above the oil zones". That, by the way, is an attempt to mock Washington for increasing the number of drones monitoring the situation while failing to actually conduct strikes. Earlier this week, Russia said that despite Washington's claims, the US and its partners are actually not bombing ISIS oil infrastructure or convoys.

In case the above isn't clear enough, here's more from the Russian MoD's Facebook: "When US officials say they don't see how the terrorists' oil is smuggled to Turkey... it smells badly of a desire to cover up these acts."

We have on any number of occasions suggested that Washington has avoided striking ISIS oil convoys in an effort to ensure that the group retains the funding it needs to continue to destabilize Syria and the Assad government (see here for instance) and in order to preserve amicable relations with Ankara which appears to benefit from the trafficking of illegal crude both from Kurdistan and Islamic State.

And so, Russia once again turns the screws on the West in an effort to expose what at this point looks to be a coordinated effort to facilitate the funding of international terrorism via the establishment and maintenance of smuggling routes for some 50,000 b/d of oil looted from fields in eastern Syria and northern Iraq. If the US is indeed complicit in this, it might be time to cut ties with Erdogan because Moscow is on the PR warpath and it's just a matter of time before the smoking gun emerges.

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-.-'s picture

Vladimir Putin

Barry Obama

johngaltfla's picture

And Putin would be correct, sadly. We've fallen that far.

hal10000's picture

The question is why allow the Kurds in Iraq to use ISIS to broker oil?  If it's true that a lot of the oil is coming out of northern Iraq as some report.  My guess, it seems the USA wants to destabilize Baghdad to prevent it from becoming a regional player and thereby undermine Iran.

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Dark Daze (not verified) hal10000 Dec 5, 2015 10:19 PM

Money for their government, for weapons, for supplies, for infrastructure. Don't forget, less than 16 months ago the Kurds had no uniforms and virtually no weapons. But this appears to be a case of the Sunni Kurds conspiring with the Sunni Turks and Arabians. Bottom line is that it has been the radical, blood thirsty end-of-the-world group in Washington, Tel Aviv, Ankara and Riyhad that have perpetrated this treason and wanton murder of innocents.

Soul Glow's picture

The DC group thrive on chaos.  They don't give a fuck.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Barry was brought into power to smooth over the "war on terror" with Muslim's. They set this up 15-20 years ago and now they are stuck with the guy. The wanted the homo/mixed race smooth talker, but they didn't factor in who they actually might be up against. The figured they would be up against a Russia largely controlled by them, lmao.

CheapBastard's picture

He's lied just about everything from healthcare to Gitmo so I'm not surprised is there's an "isisGate."

bigkahuna's picture


...Anyone surprised?

y3maxx's picture
"Putin Accuses US Of ISIS Oil Coverup"

"Putin proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, USSA of ISIS oil coverup."

there, fixed it for ya

Stuart's picture

That the US is complicit in helping fund ISIS, and keep it alive as an organization must be the supremest of backstabbing insult to the French.   The US is aiding an organization that just attacked that country, killing 130 of its nationals.   When Putin is now on the good side, the US in bed with ISIS what has this world become?   Am furious at the US and its BS doubletalk.   The US can shove it's double talking hypocrisy up its ass.   Somebody take that god damn printing press away that permits this BS.  I no longer consider them one of the good guys...

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

It took you a GD long time to come to your conclusion if you are "now" no longer considering them one of the good guys. So what are you left with and who then IS a good guy?

turtle's picture

Hey truthers, can anyone explain why this report from Engdahl(?) could be dated 24th August 2015? http://journal-neo.org/2015/08/24/erdogan-s-dirty-dangerous-isis-games/

VinceFostersGhost's picture





And Putin would be correct, sadly. We've fallen that far.


America.....is dying.




Stand up....and fight. It's 1776 all over again.

Blue Vervain's picture

These revelations should be front-page headlines that would bring down a government, but the mainstream media will continue to ignore them.

Bokkenrijder's picture

The US can read the number plate of a car/truck from space with the camera of a satellite, the US reads just about every email sent in this world, the US monitors just about every phone call and text message sent on our planet and the US dragnets trillions of GB of data....but they didn't know that IS is selling oil in Turkey and they don't know that (NATO partner and EU/SSR prospect member) Turkey is dealing with IS?

WTFRLY's picture

Fuckin Joo World Order. This is a the term that should be used to describe the endless global warfare and lies perpetuated by the Zionists infecting governments around the world, and controlling the American gov't. No support for the Greater Israel plan here... Not in my name, not ever.

Flagit's picture


This is a the term that should be used to describe the endless global warfare and lies perpetuated by the Zionists infecting governments around the world, and controlling the American gov't.

Can't be stated enough.

Stop blaming Barry, or NATO, or Vlad, The House of Saud, or whoever.

The blame lies either within the Puppetmaster or the American audience that continues to be enthralled. I can't decide which is to blame.

Manthong's picture

If you need more evidence to help figure out just who the bad guys in MENA are,

Here is a little something to shove straight up the US State Department’s hypocritical posterior.

They want to ship in 10’s of thousands of Syrians, but…

No help for Americans citizens trying to flee Yemen.


Latina Lover's picture

Amazing, even on Yahoo, the vast majority of readers know that the USSA is lying.  Read the comments following the article: over 1500 posted so far.

Russia is winning this aspect of the propaganda war




Flagit's picture



And lets have a look at the articles linked to the right of these comments, which were overwhelmingly anti-stupidity in nature. Good comments.

The articles-

Five ways the US can reduce mass shootingsChristian Science Monitor

U.S. mass shootings: 'The dark side of American exceptionalism'Yahoo News

Squirrels: America's silent menace?CBS News 

GMadScientist's picture

Hillary's open port email server was down and their PS4 was overheating, so they had to conduct biz face to face.

Farqued Up's picture

Do you consider it worth fighting for 97,330,000 Free Shit Americans to suck on the taxpayer teat?

I'm heavily financing many shares of that shit. Republicans are the problem, everyone knows tha Democunts are a consortium of communists. It's election time, dust off the IRS reduction plans, the mangy old slogans such as " smaller less intrusive government ".

I'll never vote again, I want no part of the shit. This is the interim stages of the fall of the USSR into oligarchy looting and squalor for the rapidly diminishing middle class. Hitlery is the favorite so watch the looting rapidly progress to pillaging, plunder and massive squalor.

wanderer9641's picture

First. you must figure who or what you are fighting against - then you must find and redistribute the sadly lacking morality of the common people - listening to an interview with Catherine Fitts?/  on the issue of drug money,  most people were happy to turn a blind eye if they got some benefit - That means that morality is gone/dead in the West.

jeff montanye's picture

turtle: it is dated such because that's when "Gürsel Tekin vice-president of the Turkish Republican Peoples’ Party, CHP, declared in a recent Turkish media interview, “President Erdo?an claims that according to international transportation conventions there is no legal infraction concerning Bilal’s illicit activities and his son is doing an ordinary business with the registered Japanese companies, but in fact Bilal Erdo?an is up to his neck in complicity with terrorism"

First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/08/24/erdogan-s-dirty-dangerous-isis-games/

the turks know what's happening in turkey before u.s. cable tv or even zero hedge, sometimes.

pelican's picture

The Wall Street journal printed a story that this is all false.   We are in the fog of war and the truth will be decided by the victors.  Overall, I find it telling that many of the US citizens believe Putin over Obama.

turtle's picture

Thx Jeff. Thought this report must have been backdated. Was not aware how long this has been "common knowledge".

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

It's dated August 24th because Engdhal wrote it way back then! He's proven to be totally on the ball every step of the way. I've followed him for years.

Chairman's picture

Well Spud, we are each left with ourselves.  Souverign Individuals.  Trust no one and always carry a weapon.

Totentänzerlied's picture

"must be the supremest of backstabbing insult to the French"

And why would that be, when France is every bit as deeply involved?

Paid distractor shill or just massively ignorant?



France, in close coordination (co-conspiracy) with Turkey, has been involved in the scriptwriting, staging, production, financing, and direction of thi absurd Syrian theater play, right back to the beginning of the Syrian civil war, both acting as the on-set errand boys of the US. If an objective outsider were to draw up a list of war criminals to be tried for the Syrian catastrophe, the French leadership would have a good showing. It seems likely that the French and Turkish FMs (Fabius, Davutoglu) cowrote much of the scenario years ago. The Paris attack, for the French leadership, was manna from heaven, the 9/11-style gift that keeps on giving, the most perfect justification to continue doing what they were doing, and begin doing what they could not have done, before. The playbook infrequently changes.

HoserF16's picture

Obama takes it up the Ass. Just like the Prophet Muhammad. Both are/were sexually-abused children.


robobbob's picture

don't despair. there is no action corrupt enough that the msm can't overlook for their team.

they are already "all in". they are not about to get all journalistic integrity now.

willwork4food's picture

Yes, and they want the terror of IS to spread fear throughout the region, fragmenting the government and keeping it in perpetual turmoil. At least until Syria & Iran falls..then they can plae a nice western banking dictator. That said, the** shit **might hit the fan in the west long before that occurs.

Demdere's picture

Not just a local effect.  They need chaos and war to keep their heads out of baskets and necks out of nooses.  The Israeli-Neocon Cabal has committed horrendous crimes and many dozens will hang and 100s of others in governments everywhere will spend the rest of their lives in jai.

Those guys rolled big dice, and they can't stop playing.  Normal political processes mean that 9/11 will be investigated as a crime and they will hang.

Forget arguments about intent and goals.  Staying alive means staying in power.  Power is the only meaningful goal for an Israeli-Neocon.


9/11 was a False Flag operation by the Israeli-Neocons in the US Government

Freddie's picture

Brother - I hope you are right but the z-media has everything on lockdown and brainwashing mode with TV and Zollywood. 

conscious being's picture

Brother, the point is, the chaos enables the lockdown and without the lockdown, they, the zionist, neocon 9/11 perpetrators all face the meat hook. So, chaos and more chaos is what The West has as their only game plan going forward.

WTFRLY's picture

Spot on. Eradicate the Zionist virus.

Flagit's picture



There have been books written that identify the problem.

Has there been one written that explains how to fix it?

hunkerdown's picture

The writings of Erich Fromm are about as close as we might get to that, but it doesn't take a book to learn to grow a pair and stop sucking up to gods and masters.  It takes a village.

janus's picture

from iran/contra to ankara/isis...the worm turns anew.

Slimjimmy's picture
Slimjimmy (not verified) janus Dec 5, 2015 11:23 PM

Great theater by two NWO nations which both serve the same interests.

Can't start WW3 without first putting on a show so the masses know why they're sending their kids to die!

tenpanhandle's picture

Iran/Contra - mainstream media all over it.  They didn't shut up for 10 years.  Libya/Benghazi - mainstream media not so much. Coverup continues with help of MSM.   Ankara/Isis - mainstream media not so much. Coverup just beginning with help of MSM.

I wonder why the difference in MSM coverage of Iran Contra compared to Libya/Benghazi and Ankera/Isis.  Say what you want about red team blue team being same but coverage of their wrongdoings by MSM sure shows a difference.

gezley's picture

I wish I could shake your hand for that last sentence alone.

conscious being's picture

The nail that sticks out gets hammered down. Realize, the whole point of the media is not to support Obummer or knock down Bush. The purpose of the corporate owned mainstream media is to keep the zionist banking scam in power. If that reality hurts your feelings because you are a Bush lover, then get over it. Focus on your real enemy. Obummer v. Bush is just the Punch and Judy show.

Lord Ariok's picture

THEY OWN THE CHESS BOARD !!! BOTH SIDES It's all an illusion. I you stupid creatures saying yay! Putin and Boo Obama. Do some research please. ~ Lord Ariok

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Yeah well.....God owns them all.


I've read the back of the book.......we win.


Should be fun.

Kayman's picture


Ghost written.

conscious being's picture

You have a great additude for a dead guy, Vince. I like it.

pissonmefico's picture

God can and will control them all.  I'm pretty sure some of them can, never will or have belonged to him.  They've belonged to some one else for ever.