Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/13/2014 (6 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Soldiers turn around and sell barrels of crude for as little as $25 to foreign businessmen

The militant Islamist group ISIS is thoroughly enjoying the spoils of war in its campaign against Iraq. Rebel soldiers are turning around and selling crude oil to foreign businessmen for as little as $25 a barrel. ISIS is raising as much as $1 million daily as the war in Iraq drags on .

There are reports of handcuffed, blindfolded and burned bodies being dumped into a ravine near Mosul, Iraq's second city, which was overrun by ISIS on June 9.

There are reports of handcuffed, blindfolded and burned bodies being dumped into a ravine near Mosul, Iraq's second city, which was overrun by ISIS on June 9.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/13/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: ISIS, gasoline theft, Iran, businessmen


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kurdish businessmen, in addition to those in Turkey and Iran are eagerly buying this misbegotten oil straight up in order to maintain their economies. 

Declaring themselves the Islamic State's caliphate, ISIS are smuggling the resources from Iraqi oilfields into Turkey and Iran where they turn it around for a hefty profit.

Come join the fight against world hunger by going here --

Oil tankers, owned by the Islamic State, transport petrol to to be sold to Kurdish businessmen.

Oil tankers, owned by the Islamic State, transport petrol to to be sold to Kurdish businessmen.


There's blame enough to go around on both sides of the conflict. The Iraqi government is now being accused of killing 255 Sunni prisoners in retaliation for the ISIS advance, which has seen them take large swathes of the country.

Oil analysts think the fighters are taking the oil from plains south of Mosul and transporting it in tankers in order to turn it into diesel and petrol.

The majority of the looting is taking place in the town of Tuz Khurmatu on the fringes of the Kurdish region.

Iraqi oil industry analyst, Shwan Zulal said the militants were using their control of a 150-mile swathe of territory to take crude oil from some of Iraq's prime oil assets.

The jihadists are said to be selling oil for $25 a barrel to Turkish and Iranian businessmen.

The jihadists are said to be selling oil for $25 a barrel to Turkish and Iranian businessmen.


"In some ways it's as easy for ISIS as digging a hole and letting the oil run before siphoning it off into tankers for transportation and Baiji is a huge complex that it may not fully control but it can take supplies," he told newspaper reporters.

In the meantime, Human Rights Watch brought to light reports of Iraqi armed guards breaking prisoners' arms and legs and then shooting them in the head. There are also reports of guards tossing grenades into cells with inmates inside. It was claimed that eight of the victims were boys who were less than 18 years old.

The attacks were thought to be retaliation by the Iraqi forces after ISIS took huge swathes of the country with little or no resistance.

Human Rights Watch has said Iraqi security forces, such as those pictured, killed prisoners when the

Human Rights Watch has said Iraqi security forces, such as those pictured, killed prisoners when they took back territory from ISIS militants.


ISIS has also reportedly added to the chaos around its lightning advance last month by letting inmates loose from Iraqi jails, in the hope they would join their insurgency.

Human Rights Watch listed five incidents where Iraqi forces are believed to have carried out the killings, drawing on testimonies from government workers, hospital staff and lawyers.

There are reports of handcuffed, blindfolded and burned bodies being dumped into a ravine near Mosul, Iraq's second city, which was overrun by ISIS on June 9.

Still another report tells of guards bursting into prison cells and opening fire with AK-47s, killing more than 50 people, including teenage boys.

Human Rights Watch also cites testimonies that prisoners whom Iraqi officials said died in crossfire were in fact killed "execution-style" by vengeful commanders after an assault. "Gunning down prisoners is an outrageous violation of international law," a group spokesman said.

"While the world rightly denounces the atrocious acts of ISIS, it should not turn a blind eye to sectarian killing sprees by government and pro-government forces."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Middle East

War in all but name: Hezbollah rocket attack kills two Israeli soldiers, Israel responds with attacks of its own Watch

Image of Hezbollah launched a rocket attack on an Israeli military convoy which left seven injured and two dead.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Iranian-backed terrorist group that holds major political clout in Lebanon, Hezbollah, may have just fired the first shots of a war with Israel, which could plunge a delicately balanced region into all-out war. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - On January ... continue reading


'We will reach America!' ISIS threatens to behead Obama in an execution video (Warning: Graphic Content)

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Know, oh Obama, that we will reach America," states a black-clad ISIS militant in ISIS' latest beheading video. "Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House and transform America into a Muslim province." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This video, ... continue reading


Looking for any chance to execute non-Muslims, Islamic State makes new demands of Japan for release of one hostage Watch

Image of Kenji Goto appears to be still alive, for the time being, though if Japan does not secure the release of Sajida al-Rishawi from Jordan, he too will likely be executed.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Islamic State has apparently killed one of the two Japanese men that it held hostage, releasing an image of what appears to be the decapitated body of one of the two men, and saying that it had killed one of its hostages after Japan failed to pay $200 million ... continue reading


Crucial U.S. ally against terrorism, Yemen's President resigns Watch

Image of Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's resignation, following his prime minister and Cabinet stepped down has left the region especially vulnerable.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's resignation, following his prime minister and Cabinet stepped down has left the region especially vulnerable. The resignations came a day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a peace deal meant to end days of ... continue reading


Airstrikes have killed 6,000 Islamic State militants, but signs suggest this won't save Iraq Watch

Image of The Islamic State has been hurt by U.S. airstrikes, but it may not be enough to save Iraq.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The American-led coalition that has been engaged in an ongoing campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State through much of 2014 has taken a "devastating" toll on the terrorist group, and a U.S. official recently releasing figures for the number of terrorists ... continue reading


Saudia Arabia's King Abdullah has died Watch

Image of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - After suffering from pneumonia and being admitted to the hospital, King Abdullah passed away at 90-years-old.He became King in August 2005, but had been in charge of ... continue reading


Do not appease Iran! Democrat, Republican and Israeli leadership warn Obama about the dangers of a nuclear armed Iran Watch

Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before Congress on February 11 about the dangers that a nuclear armed Iran poses to the United States, Israel and the West.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel is set to come to the United States in February and give a speech before Congress about the dangerous issue of Iran. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Netanyahu has already been quite vocal in raising his concerns ... continue reading


Iran, Hezbollah plan 'imminent' joint invasion of Israel's northern Galilee region Watch

Image of Hezbollah said that Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of a prominent commander, and Mohammed Issa, funeral shown here, was responsible for the group's operations in Syria and Iraq and died alongside Tabatabai.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Israeli security sources claim that senior Iranian and Hezbollah figures killed in an airstrike in Syria this weekend were likely planning an "imminent" attack on Israel. Six Iranian army chiefs died alongside five Hezbollah militants when an Israeli helicopter ... continue reading


Yemeni president loses control as Shiite rebels storm the presidential palace Watch

Image of Shiite Houthi rebels have stormed the Yemeni presidential palace, and the Yemeni Minster of Information has declared that the president of Yemen has lost all control.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Yemen may next on the list of Middle Eastern countries whose leadership has changed, following the capture of the presidential palace in Sanna, by a group of Shitte Houthi rebels. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The attack took place on January 20, and led to ... continue reading


'This knife will become your nightmare' ISIS demands $200 million in new hostage video (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Image of A man dressed in all black, with British accent, threatens the lives of two Japanese men in newest ISIS video.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two Japanese men are held hostage in the Islamic State's (ISIS) latest act of extremism. ISIS released a video demanding $200 million or the two hostages would be killed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa are featured in the video in ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 10:32-39
32 Remember the great challenge of the sufferings ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40
3 Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 4:26-34
26 He also said, 'This is what the kingdom of God is ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 30th, 2015 Image

St. Aldegunais
January 30: Virgin and abess, also known as Adelgundis, Aldegonde, or ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter