U.S. Gov’t Finally Admits that Turkey Allows the Islamic State to Transport Stolen Oil Across Border
Two separate U.S government officials have conceded to Turkey’s role in the Islamic State’s illegal oil trade, with one admitting that the terrorist group has earned more than $500 million from the oil trade so far, while at the same time attempting to deflect attention away from the complicity of the Turkish government.
On Thursday, U.S. Treasury Department official Adam Szubin admitted that the Islamic State is moving the contraband oil into Turkey, but attempted to rationalize these actions by claiming that the majority of the stolen oil is being sold to the Assad government.
“Some is coming across the border into Turkey,” admitted Szubin.
The terrorists make as much as $40 million per month selling oil and have earned more than $500 million from the oil trade so far, according to Szubin, who then attempted to place responsibility on the Assad government.
“ISIL is selling a great deal of oil to the Assad regime,” Szubin said, claiming that in spite of being at war, the two sides are “still engaged in millions and millions of dollars of trade,” which to some degree is probably true out of necessity, but in no way excuses a NATO member state from financing a global terrorist organization.
Szubin failed to provide any evidence to back up his assertions made against the Assad government. It seems the U.S. is attempting to forward the false narrative first put forth by the Turkish government after being exposed by Russia, as to prove that massive amounts of Islamic State oil was being illegally transported from Iraq and Syria, into Turkey.
Only the day before, at press conference on Wednesday, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby admitted that ISIS was being allowed to transport stolen oil across the Turkish border, and stated that the U.S. wanted Turkish government to close its border with Syria.