ISIS oil tanker trucks heading for Turkey
According to The Nation article by James Cardon 'Turkey Brings NATO to the Precipice of War With Russia', Turkey has been aiding and abetting ISIS for some time. And Middle Eastern expert F. William Engdahl's article 'Erdogan’s Dirty Dangerous ISIS Game' goes into more detail explaining that "Turkey has aided, abetted, and funded ISIS by keeping its southern border open with Syria, allowing radical jihadists from Europe to cross back and forth from ISIS-controlled territory, thereby enabling them to return to Europe to plot and execute such attacks as were recently carried out in the French capital."
Engdahl goes on to say: "Turkish commodity dealers have funded ISIS through their purchase of, by one estimate, $50 million a month in black-market oil. Indeed, reports have surfaced alleging that none other than Erdogan’s son Bilal has been a key financial benefactor of this unseemly business." and that one of Turkey's motives was to undermine the move "by French President François Hollande to bypass NATO and instead appeal to to the EU to invoke its mutual-assistance clause, all the while advocating for a coalition against ISIS that would include the Russians."
The Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev also said: Some Turkish officials have ‘direct financial interest’ in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State. “Turkey’s actions are de facto protection of Islamic State,” Medvedev said, calling the group formerly known as ISIS by its new name. “This is no surprise, considering the information we have about direct financial interest of some Turkish officials relating to the supply of oil products refined by plants controlled by ISIS.” And a few days ago, as was widely reported, at the G20 summit last week in Antalya, Turkey, Putin revealed aerial surveillance and satellite imagery showing a miles-long line of oil-tanker trucks stretching from ISIS-controlled territory into Turkey.
Then there's the question of who were the Russians bombing at the time? They were bombing Turkmen militias who are supplied with weapons and intelligence by the US. The border between Syria and Turkey, like all Middle eastern borders was determined a century ago after WW! by the victorious Imperial powers of Britain and France in accordance with the easiest routes to export the resources of their newly conquered x-Ottoman Emipre domain and had nothing to do with cultural or historic boundaries, consequently Turkey still considers those Turkmen to be countrymen that they should protect.
Which bring up the question who is Turkey actually fighting against? is it ISIS? Is it Assad, Syria president and or dictator [depending on who listen to]? Or it actually the Kurds who are their long standing enemies and the only group willing to actually fight ISIS on the ground? A member of the expert council of the Russian Oil Industry Union Eldar Kasayev said Islamic State is selling oil at $15–25 per barrel, which is much cheaper than the Brent benchmark, trading at $45-50. “By reselling it, Ankara has the opportunity to earn extra income and continue to bomb the Kurds, saying its bombing radicals,” he said.
Who Russia is actually fighting for and against is equally complicated. So is the long twisted history of the Western Empires meddling in Middle Eastern affairs. More on that in the next few days.
But for now, i live in Canada and considering that Canada's troops have been training the Kurds and that the new Trudeau government here is set to send over many more troops to train those Kurds and that those Kurds are the ones who recently took back the city of Sinjar from ISIS while under attack by the Turkish Air Force's US made and supplied war planes all this becomes very important to my fellow Canadians and their family's back home and very complicated indeed.