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Erdogan: “I will leave office” if proven Turkey bought oil from terrorists

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo Burhan Ozbilici/AP

RT reports

Russia has received additional intelligence confirming that oil from deposits controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) goes through Turkey on an industrial scale, President Vladimir Putin said speaking on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris.

Moscow has grounds to suspect that the Su-24 was downed by Turkish jets on November 24 to secure illegal oil deliveries from Syria to Turkey, he said.

At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on industrial scale,” he said.

We have every reason to believe that the decision to down our plane was guided by a desire to ensure security of this oil’s delivery routes to ports where they are shipped in tankers,” Putin said.

Speaking in Paris on Monday, President Recep Erdogan said that he will leave office if there is proof of Turkey’s cooperation with IS.

“We are not that dishonest as to buy oil from terrorists. If it is proven that we have, in fact, done so, I will leave office. If there is any evidence, let them present it, we’ll consider [it],” he said, as quoted by TASS. […]


  1. Sean says

    I would prefer seppukku, but resigination will do in a pinch.

  2. I’m certain some sacrificial lambs are already being lined up to take the fall. Davutoglu too could be unhesitatingly sacrificed if Erdogan thinks it’s necessary to save his position – which after all is something which lets him make money hand over fist. And he’s only in the first year of a possible eight years in the President’s office!

  3. rehmat1 says

    I don’t think Erdogan should make a big deal about having commercial relations with ISIS. I bet Putin also know that Israel is buying oil from both ISIS and Iraqi Kurdistan. But that’s okay because Putin-Netanyahu are twins when it comes to “political Islam”.

    Netanyahu has personally admitted that ISIS is doing Israel’s dirty laundry in Israel’s neighborhood.

    Both Turkey and Russia are fighting a geopolitical warfare, which happens to benefit Israel the most.

    • John says

      Netanyahu visited wounded terrorists being treated in Israel Occupation Force hospitals in the Golan Heights.
      From his perspective, ISIS are helping the zionists roll out the Yinon Plan.
      Eretz (Greater) Yisrael beckons for all…….
      It would make the Nazis proud.

  4. I hope he is not laboring under the misapprehension that just resigning is going to do it, if Russia actually has the proof it says it does. There might actually be a few additional consequences.

  5. As for Erdogan leaving office – I’ll believe it when I see it, until then, I will disbelieve every lie he utters when he opens his mouth to let his forked tongue hiss.

  6. ‪#‎Turkey‬ Refines + Sells Stolen ‪#‎Syrian‬ + ‪#‎Iraqi‬ ‪#‎Oil‬ for ‪#‎ISIS‬. via @truthrazor
    Israel Caught Receiving Stolen Oil From ISIS Militants!
    Erdogan is an international outlaw, He’s supporting ISIS, US proxy foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, directly involved in their oil smuggling, refining and sales worth hundreds of millions of dollars on the black market.
    America and other Western nations are well aware of what’s going on, doing nothing to stop it, aiding it by inaction and/or direct support – Russia alone intervening by bombing ISIS’ truck pipeline, transporting oil along with its facilities in Syria.
    Several sources have confirmed rumours that Israel has purchased most of its oil supplies from ISIS militants who stole it from Syria via tanker truck convoys.
    As reported by an earlier Financial Times report, Israel has bought as much as three-quarters of its oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, which accounts for 19 million barrels of oil over the course of three months.

    • I’m assuming you know that Israel has plans for the Gaza oil as well as the supposed vast seams of black gold supposedly in the Golan Heights, Grove of Olives and of course the Lebanese border towns of Kobane? and Aleppo, so it is obvious why Israel would ally themselves to whomsoever offers them the best deal. They have always stolen from the Palestinians, a total paucity of scruples tends to lend one to thieving, and some 800 IDF have been fighting SAA in the Golan Heights. so buying oil from murderers and monsters wouldn’t be an obstacle in a trade off. It is also worth remembering that Kuwait was stealing Saddam Hussein’s oil which is why he invaded them and the UK was only too happy to back the thieving Kuwaitis with the US. No-one is innocent in this middle east conflict, but some are more stomach churning than others.

  7. John says

    It depends upon how the pronoun ‘We’ is defined.
    If he means his government officially trading in ISIS oil, then – of course – that would be almost impossible to prove.
    But if he means Turkish middle-men – and women – have been making fortunes selling looted Syrian oil and artefacts, then he should start packing his bags now in order to leave the Presidential Palace in as organised a way as he can.
    Mind you, I am not holding my breath waiting for that to happen!!!
    I also wonder if members of his family network might be involved in this activity too?

    • Jen says

      You only had to ask …

      From Zero Hedge’s Tyler Durden: ‘ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal: “Raqqa’s Rockefellers”, Bilal Erdogan, KRG Crude, And The Israel Connection’

      ‘ … One person who definitely thinks the Erdogans are trafficking in ISIS oil is Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi who said the following on Friday:

      “All of the oil was delivered to a company that belongs to the son of Recep [Tayyip] Erdogan. This is why Turkey became anxious when Russia began delivering airstrikes against the IS infrastructure and destroyed more than 500 trucks with oil already. This really got on Erdogan and his company’s nerves. They’re importing not only oil, but wheat and historic artefacts as well.”
      And then there’s Iraq’s former National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie who posted the following to his Facebook page on Saturday:

      “First and foremost, the Turks help the militants sell stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil for $20 a barrel, which is half the market price.” …’

      From F William Engdahl at New Eastern Outlook: ‘Erdogan’s Dirty Dangerous ISIS Games’

      ‘ … The prime source of money feeding ISIS these days is sale of Iraqi oil from the Mosul region oilfields where they maintain a stronghold. The son of Erdoğan it seems is the man who makes the export sales of ISIS-controlled oil possible.

      Bilal Erdoğan owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdoğan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers.

      Gürsel Tekin vice-president of the Turkish Republican Peoples’ Party, CHP, declared in a recent Turkish media interview, “President Erdoğan claims that according to international transportation conventions there is no legal infraction concerning Bilal’s illicit activities and his son is doing an ordinary business with the registered Japanese companies, but in fact Bilal Erdoğan is up to his neck in complicity with terrorism, but as long as his father holds office he will be immune from any judicial prosecution.” Tekin adds that Bilal’s maritime company doing the oil trades for ISIS, BMZ Ltd, is “a family business and president Erdoğan’s close relatives hold shares in BMZ and they misused public funds and took illicit loans from Turkish banks.”

      In addition to son Bilal’s illegal and lucrative oil trading for ISIS, Sümeyye Erdoğan, the daughter of the Turkish President apparently runs a secret hospital camp inside Turkey just over the Syrian border where Turkish army trucks daily being in scores of wounded ISIS Jihadists to be patched up and sent back to wage the bloody Jihad in Syria, according to the testimony of a nurse who was recruited to work there until it was discovered she was a member of the Alawite branch of Islam, the same as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who Erdoğan seems hell-bent on toppling …’

      • John says

        Jen – Thank you for the excellent level of detail provided in your response to my earlier posting.
        It seems ISIS fighters are receiving medical treatment in both Turkey and illegal “Israel”.

    • Davide says

      There are articles all over the internet detailing his son’s trade in ISIS oil.

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