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.
Yeh, okay, Turkey. Why in the world is Turkey part of the EU, I’ll never know. Why Turkey is part of NATO, I do know. It should not be, today.
Turkey has slowly become radicalized. They weren’t always this way. Now, rather being, as was once thought, a stabilizing force in the Mid-East, they’re playing with the lunatics.
But, Turkey is one, not some.
But, there is something more to note about this report. “Support … for separatist Kurdish groups would destabilize the Middle East”?
Uhmm ….. derp!!! Destabilize the Middle East?
I can’t think of a better quote to describe the muddled, idiotic thinking of the West’s diplomats than that. WTF???? What’s stable in the ME? Jordan? If this is stable, then, it needs destabilized!!!!
But, we all know what that statement is about. It’s about the flow of oil ……. as North America sits atop of more oil than the ME has.