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Iraqis, Turks and even Kurds said to be selling ISIS oil, in exchange for trucks, at cut-rate prices

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The original in arabic is at:

On October 17, Shirzad Shikhani wrote the following report in the Saudi-owned Elaph website: “At a time when the Kurdish fighters of Syria are carrying out acts of heroism in Kobani against the fiercest terrorist group on earth…, and at a time where the simple Peshmerga forces are still standing at the fighting lines in fronts extending over more than 1,000 kilometers inside the Iraqi Kurdistan without food and water and paying their blood to protect their nation, the local Kurdish media carried reports indicating that a number of Iraqi traders (Arab, Kurds, and Turkmen) have been trading oil with the ISIL organization, which are in control of oil and gas fields. The reports also indicated that some Peshmerga leaders are involved in this trade…

“Local newspapers issued two days ago indicated that some Kurdish traders have equipped ISIL with more than 2,000 pick-up trucks in return for obtaining crude oil from ISIL and smuggling it in trucks to Turkey and Iran at the price of 8-15 dollars per barrel while the price of one barrel at the international markets amounts to more than 100 dollars…

“If these pieces of information are correct, they constitute a national disaster and a major treason… Each dollar that lands in the pockets of the ISIL fighters coming from the oil trade will be later on used to purchase bombs and bullets that will be fired against the Kurdish people on the fighting fronts. For 23 years following its liberation from the dictatorship of Saddam, the Kurdish people remained silent vis-à-vis the corruption in the territory and the fact that the two parties in power monopolized all the wealth of Kurdistan and distributed it to their aids…in addition to the millions of dollars spent on gambling tables and dancers in Ukraine, Georgia and Lebanon…. But in light of the present events now, the people must speak up today. Some leaders won’t hesitate to sell the land of Kurdistan in return for a price from the regional countries such as Turkey…

“The silent president of the territory must mobilize the political forces in order to confront the ISIL threat and he must interfere firmly in this matter rather than delay things like he did in Senjar. The commanders of his Peshmerga had abandoned Senjar and offered it as a gift to ISIL without any resistance. Today, liberating the city is quasi impossible… The time has come for the head of the territory to revisit his erroneous calculations that turned Kurdistan into an ignited front… The head of the territory must deal with the present situation of the Peshmerga leaders who are trading with the people’s honor and he must take severe measures against anyone who tries to deal with the ISIL low lives…”


Written by nickbiddlenoe

October 18, 2014 at 12:36 am

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