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Rebel soldiers ISIS raising millions for war effort by selling crude oil from captured Iraqi oilfields

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/13/2014 (2 years 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.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/13/2014 (2 years 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.

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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."

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