EU Members Purchasing Oil from ISIS

oil tanker

WTF? How can the EU call for air strikes against ISIS when they’re backing them financially by buying their oil?

From Press TV :

A senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group.

In a briefing to the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, EU Ambassador to Iraq Jana Hybas-kova said some European countries have purchased crude from the ISIL.

She, however, refused to disclose any names despite pressure by some Parliament members to do so.

The EU official also warned against any support by the West for separatist Kurdish groups who, she said, would destabilize the Middle East.

Earlier reports accused Turkey of buying and transporting oil from both the ISIL and Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. According to the reports, Western intelligence agencies could track ISIL oil shipments as they moved across Iraq and Turkey.

ISIL reportedly controls eleven oil fields in northern Iraq as well as Syria’s Raqqa province.

US intelligence officials estimate that the Takfiri militants earn more than USD 3 million a day from oil profit, theft, human trafficking and ransom. They say the militants sell oil and other products via established networks in Turkey, Jordan and Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Turkey has denied reports of involvement in ISIL’s oil smuggling operations.


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27 thoughts on “EU Members Purchasing Oil from ISIS

  1. ” we can do it in Syria.”

    I was so hoping that when Vladimir Putin ‘red-lined’ Obama’s ass last year over Obama’s ‘red-line on Syria that that would be the end of it although I did write that it wasn’t over. And here we are, a year later with Obama basically stating that Assad had better keep quiet when the U.S. bombs his country. For real? Why should Assad keep quiet, Obama and the other warmongers in Washington would never keep quiet if Syria was bombing the U.S. to stop U.S. terrorists aka ‘the U.S. military’ from bombing them.


  2. I would have thought that the people who fought the Iraq War would have made sure that the oil fields were in safe hands before they left. My goodness, is it not possible to protect an asset like the oilfields? I though this was one of the reasons why they went into Iraq in the first place. How easy was it for Isil to get hold of them?! And now they find willing buyers for the oil and make big bucks out of it every day? Isn’t there a way to stop all this? The way to beat Isis would be to stop their weapons’ supply and their money supply. But maybe it is more complicated than this and I am just naive.


  3. Auntyuta, the Crisis of Civilisation is an excellent documentary. I’ve long been admirer of Nafeez Ahmed. No, i hadn’t seen the Rand link. It strikes me as quite disingenuous. I don’t see how the EU can justify bombing Syria and Iraq and simultaneously allow their members to buy ISIS oil. The Rand analysis conveniently doesn’t mention this. Which doesn’t surprise me, as they are mainly funded by the CIA and Pentagon.


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