Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/13/2014 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Middle East

Islamists Occupy Churches in Nigeria: ISIL and Boko Haram Hate Christians, Must be Confronted Watch

Image of Boko Haram means Western education is forbidden in the Hausa language. These Islamist terrorists hate all things western and Christian. They are militant Jihadist Muslims who intend to forcibly establish an Islamic Caliphate and impose Shariah Law on everyone, just as the Islamic State is doing in lands formerly claimed by Iraq and Syria.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

While news reports give us the gruesome details of the Islamic State beheading one more American journalist in the land which was once a part of Iraq and Syria, the rising tide of Islamist evil spreads in Africa, under the banner of Boko Haram. Like the Islamic ... continue reading


Paul Bhatti, Brother of Martyr Shabhaz Bhatti, Urges Pope Francis to Visit Persecuted Christians in Pakistan Watch

Image of The Christian Martyr of Pakistan, Shabhaz Bhatti,

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The world should pause once again to consider the Christian heroism shown by Shabhaz Bhatti in 2011. At the time, Shahbaz Bhatti was the only Christian member of the Parliament of Pakistan. He was executed in cold blood by militant Islamists on March 2, 2011. He ... continue reading


Steven Sotloff beheading video, uncensored (WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO) Watch

Image of American Journalist, Steven Sotloff, has been executed by the Islamic State.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Islamic State has executed another hostage, this time beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff. A video has been released of the incident, but due to alleged self-censorship across the web, the footage has been suppressed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Pope Francis thanks Gaza's sole Catholic priest; tells him to 'have courage' Watch

Image of Father Hernandez and three Missionaries of Charity were the only religious left at Holy Family Church during a 50-day battle between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Father Jorge Hernandez, the Gaza Strip's sole Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those suffering in the war-torn territory. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the 36-year-old priest says that the Pope continued to ... continue reading


Islamic puritans threaten dissent in Saudi kingdom, asking King Abdullah to DESTROY the tomb of MOHAMED! Watch

Image of Wahhabi clerics are asking King Abdullah to destroy the tomb of Mohamed.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A recommendation from some Saudi clerics to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is creating controversy in the powerful Middle-Eastern kingdom. The proposal, set forth by hardline clerics, calls for the destruction of the tomb of Mohammed and possibly the shrine at Mecca, to ... continue reading


World 'cannot keep silent about the existence of the so-called ISIS,' patriarchs declare Watch

Image of The recent summit addressing IS was presided over by Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Meeting at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs convened for a special summit to address the crisis in Iraq and Syria. Later joined by the United Nations' special coordinator in Lebanon and the ... continue reading


U.S., Europe next on Islamic State's list to attack, Saudi king warns Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the world grows more appalled by the day about the inhumanities conducted by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah warns that the west is not immune. A staunch ally of both the U.S. and its allies, Saudi King Abdullah bin ... continue reading


Fleeing imminent death, three million Syrians now registered in other countries. That's half the population of Syria. Watch

Image of A bride crossing the Israel-Syria border.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them," Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement. As of this ... continue reading


Video shows rows of bodies as 250 Syrian soldiers DEATH MARCHED, forced to chant praises to their executioners before being killed (Warning: PHOTOS)

Image of Forced to chant praised to their executioners, jubilant ISIS terrorists killed approximately 250 Syrian prisoners.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Islamic State has committed another atrocity, this time murdering as many as 250 Syrian soldiers following a half-naked death-march across the desert sand to their place of execution. The entire way, as a video reveals, the men were compelled to chant and sing ... continue reading


Yazidi women held prisoners by IS sold as sex slaves, jihadist brides Watch

Image of Women held captive by ISIS have their newborn babies taken from them -- to never be seen again.

By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In just the latest devaluation of humanity in the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria, hundreds of Yazidi women being held prisoner by Islamic State fighters to be sold off as sex slaves or wives. They are selling these women for as little as $25. They are repeatedly ... 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, First Corinthians 2:10-16
10 to us, though, God has given revelation through ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14
8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger, full ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:31-37
31 He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 2nd, 2014 Image

St. Ingrid of Sweden
September 2: Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St. Ingrid lived ... 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