Embarrassed by Putin, US Military FINALLY Targets Oil Truck Convoys Stealing Syrian Oil

by Scott Creighton

US stages some empty, driverless tankers for target practice after Putin embarrasses them on the world stage

Early in the morning of the second day of the G20 Summit meeting in Antalya, Turkey Russian President Vladamir Putin addressed the collected media in a 20 minute speech in which he discussed a number of issues including sanctions, the deal they offered the illegal government in Ukraine and the situation in Syria.

During that speech, Putin began talking about the illegal funding of the destabilization campaign in Iraq and Syria known as “ISIS” and he promised to expose the 40 nations he says their intelligence proves are funding that campaign.

Then he mentioned something else that is rarely discussed in polite political conversation when one speaks about Syria… the theft of Syrian oil and the fact that the US is doing nothing to stop it.

Putin also spoke of the urgent need to curb the illegal oil trade by IS.

I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” he said.

The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon,” Putin added, comparing the convoy to gas and oil pipeline systems. RT

After this comment, the Pentagon propagandists leap into action to quickly stage a bombing of a bunch of empty, driverless trucks.

Yesterday, I wrote about this situation and showed how our “friends in the region”, the Kurds, are the primary recipient of this stolen oil and I showed they are selling it to Israel at an extremely reduced price. Israel is getting about 3/4 of the oil they need to run their country from the Barzani Kurds in Iraqi Kurdistan and they are getting much of their supply from those very tanker trucks Vladamir Putin was talking about.

“The crude is transported by tankers to Jordan via Anbar province, to Iran via Kurdistan, to Turkey via Mosul, to Syria’s local market and to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where most of it gets refined locally,” Khatteeb explained. Oilprice.com

Israel has bought as much as three-quarters of its oil from Iraqi Kurdistan in recent months, the Financial Times reported Sunday.

According to the report, which cited shipping data, trading sources and satellite tanker tracking, Israeli refineries and oil firms have imported more than 19 million barrels of Kurdish oil over the course of three months, from the beginning of May to August 11. Haaretz

So as you can see, this could be a very sticky situation for the US, Iraqi Kurdistan and Israel with regards to being caught red-handed, stealing oil from Syria. As anyone can see from any conflict map of Syria, “ISIS” tends to focus on targets in the country that either produce or transport oil, which, when viewed in this particular context, might expose what some would call a “motive” for the regime change operation itself. If nothing else, it demonstrates the worse kind of war-profiteering: the plundering of a targeted nation’s national resources for profits.

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Later on Monday, after Putin made his comment to the press that morning, a Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis held a little press conference of his own during which he claimed the United States had suddenly changed their policy toward all those massive convoys of “ISIS” oil tankers leaving Syria with the stolen oil on board.

Remember, this stolen oil is supposedly what funds “ISIS” and has been funding them and their war of aggression for years.

In a new twist to an intensifying campaign to squeeze Islamic State oil revenues, U.S. warplanes have destroyed 116 oil-hauling trucks in eastern Syria that were a key part of a smuggling operation that brings the group an estimated $1.4 million a day.

The series of strikes conducted Sunday and announced Monday was the first of their kind in more than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria. Four A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes and two AC-130 Spectre gunships pounded the trucks as they clustered near Abu Kamal, a town close to the Iraqi border.

U.S. officials previously had said they avoided attacking fuel trucks out of concern for civilian casualties. AP

Clearly this announcement coming right on the heels of Putin’s statement is not a coincidence.

The claim made by Capt. Davis was not accompanied by corroborating photos of the strikes. If photos do appear sometime in the future, chances are they would have been taking sometime AFTER Putin’s comments and BEFORE the Pentagon presser.

Interestingly, and possibly very telling, is this little gem Capt. Davis mentioned in his press conference:

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said that in an effort to warn the truck drivers to leave the area in advance of Sunday’s attacks, leaflets were dropped and coalition planes conducted low-level “show of force” flights over the site. AP

Right. According to the Pentagon themselves, the “ISIS” truck drivers were warned in advance of the attack and allowed to leave the scene… leaving only the empty tankers in the location.

The obvious question here is: who is driving these trucks?

Could it be that the same US, French, British and other western nationals who were contractors driving trucks in Iraq after our invasion back in 2003? Is that where all these Western “ISIS supporters” are going? Is that why they didn’t want to blow them up: because they didn’t want to explain how US and British contractors died while driving “ISIS” trucks for companies like Haliburton?

Makes you think, doesn’t it.

So what happened really?

  1. Putin embarrassed the US military and promised to expose them for facilitating “ISIS” oil shipments into Iraqi Kurdistan (and eventually, onward to Israel)
  2. Pentagon leadership panicked and came up with a plan
  3. They parked a relatively small number of these tanker trucks in a congested tangle somewhere near the Syria/Iraq border
  4. They had the drivers leave the scene
  5. And they called in some bombers to blow up the empty, driverless vehicles as a show of sorts.
  6. They rushed a spokesman to a podium and announced their “new” program of attacking these massive convoys of “ISIS” oil tankers.

That’s not hard to understand is it? Seems pretty obvious to me and it should to anyone at the AP or Reuters reporting on this announcement from the Pentagon. But alas…

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6 Responses

  1. But Scott, we have always been at war with Eastasia’s tanker trucks… No?

    Woke up this morning to news alerts that:

    France has bombed Raqqa!
    Russians have bombed Raqqa!
    US has bombed Raqqa!
    Turkey has bombed Raqqa!

    (I am not providing links because it is everywhere)

    In essence, if the reported bombings are true, they are literally taking turns bombing Syria’s sovereign territory, which is the midpoint of a future Iraq-> mediterranean pipeline. Even then, the logistics of four separate airforces bombing the same small area within a 6-8 hour window sounds outrageously preposterous. What do you think?

    So, the big question is, who is bombing which part(s) of Raqqa… And why???

    One scenario could be that Russians are bombing US held assets, bases, oil tankers, while Turks, US and the French are providing air defense for their oil delivery route… With possible clashes and tension between Russian and Nato forces. Although not very likely, this would bring about the possibility that the Russians were the ones to bomb the tankers, and the US claimed responsibility to save face. (I admit that I haven’t realy thought this out throughly)

    But the more sinister scenario is that the Putin’s harsh criticism and the resulting tension is just theater, and deals have already been made in regards to Syria’s future, and they are all bombing away to flatten the area so that ground troops and/or mercenaries can move in.

    (Is Raqqa-bye-baby too distasteful of a pun?)

  2. Meanwhile, back at the Council on Foreign Relations, on June 4, 2015… All pals together, pushing for a Greater Kurdistan.

    WASHINGTON,— Anwar Eshki, the former consultant of the Saudi Prince and Ambassador in the U.S., Bandar bin Sultan, revealed a plan for the future of the Middle East that depends on establishing Great Kurdistan on Turkish, Iranian and Iraqi lands, and reaching peace with Israel during his speech in a conference of Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington.

    Eshki said, “We aim to reach peace between Arabs and Israel.” He continued, “And to establish Great Kurdistan in order to restrict the Iranian, Turkish, and Iraqi ambitions in the region. Great Kurdistan is to seize one third of the lands of each of these three countries.”

    Eshki’s astounding remarks came at a conference titled “Regional Challenges and Opportunities: The View from Saudi Arabia and Israel” held by the CFR. The Israeli party was represented by Israeli diplomat Dore Gold, who was appointed as the Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Netanyahu government in May 2015.

    The meeting of Council on Foreign Relations gathered Israeli and Saudi politicians to discuss the future of Middle East and Iranian issue in Washington on June 4. – http://ekurd.net/ex-saudi-consultant-in-u-s-reveals-a-plan-to-establish-great-kurdistan-2015-06-17

    • wow. they actually call it “Great Kurdistan”? All this time I’ve been calling it Greater Kurdistan for lack of a better descriptive name. And they actually call it that? lol.

      thanks for the find.

  3. So, they draw a line through Mosul, Sinjar, Raqqa, with everything north being called a protected zone, and later “Western Kurdistan”. And that line becomes a pipeline. How, though, does it out to the Med? Does Putin give up a little territory north of Latakia in exchange for Assad being left alone? Or does simply Putin block it at Latakia?

    • Turkey is the key, which is why you see so-called “alternative” journalists like Tarpley constantly bashing Erdogan. Notice they really tried to get the Kurdish party to win that recent election. They will do the same thing up there. Destabilize the country with terrorism and declare that part of Turkey to be “lawless” like they are doing now with Syria so they can bust off a piece of it for “Great Kurdistan”

      As far as Putin goes, I know some think he is backing down or even just pretending to oppose all of this while secretly helping it along but honestly, I don’t see that. It’s not in his interests to quietly allow it to happen. For them the Turkish Stream pipeline is a major project and this thing they are planning from Iraq through Syria and up through Turkey will be a major competitor for em. This is a violent game of chess being played by these guys. I don’t know what Russia’s next move is. Short of lining up Russian soldiers across from US, British and French ones… I’m not exactly sure what he can do.

      Maybe he cut a deal with NATO forces to give them part of Syria with the intention to stop them in Turkey or southern Iraq. I don’t know. Maybe he is complicit. I just don’t know at this point.

  4. […] since Israel is the main recipient of that stolen oil from Syria that “ISIS” likes to sell on the chea…, I guess it makes sense they might know “ISIS’s” next big […]

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