Turkey’s “Arms for Oil and Antiquities” Program with ISIS Growing Daily

Sold on street corners in Istanbul
Sold on street corners in Istanbul
Sold on street corners in Istanbul

Turkey has increased weapon, ammunition and equipment shipments into Syria, according to Damascus, in exchange for oil and antiquities looted by Islamic State terrorists. Meanwhile Moscow condemned Ankara for supporting “armed thugs” operating in Syria.

“We have certain information that the Turkish government recently increased support for terrorists and the level of supplying them with arms, ammunition and munitions to continue their criminal acts in exchange for oil and antiquities stolen from Syria and Iraq at low prices, taking advantage of the presence of terrorists whom it enabled to control border areas,” a statement from the Syrian General Command said, as cited by official Syrian news agency SANA.

The new weapons shipments, allegedly paid for with smuggled oil and artifacts, are being delivered disguised as humanitarian aid, and easily pass through Turkish border controls, Syrian officials claimed. Additionally, Turkey was been accused of escalating border tensions by shelling Syrian army positions in northwestern Latakia province from al-Aqra’a Mountain on Friday night.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan previously rejected accusations that Ankara is involved in the oil trade with terrorists, saying that anyone making such a statement must prove it. Erdogan accused Damascus of purchasing oil from ISIS.

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On Thursday a Turkish prosecutor requested the arrest of the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dundar, and Cumhuriyet’s representative in Ankara, Erdem Gul, charging them with espionage and treason over a publication back in May that revealed that Turkish weapons were being transferred to Syria by Turkey’s intelligence agency. The story was accompanied by a video allegedly showing Turkish trucks packed with shells heading for Syria.

The recent downing of the Russia warplane “proves” that Turkey supports terrorism in Syria, said Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, who is visiting Moscow.

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“Turkey helps terrorists due to ideological reasons, thinking that these terrorist groups are successors to the Ottoman empire,” Muallem said.“Turkey provides terrorists with weapons, logistical support, medical care and even shelter.”

Speaking on the same subject on Saturday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Turkey of supporting the“armed thugs” who killed the Russian pilot.

“These people Ankara seeks to protect … [in] every possible way, including illegal means, have nothing to do with civilians. They are armed thugs that shot down Russian pilot and then desecrated his body,” Zakharova stated.

The notion was previously voiced both by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and President Vladimir Putin himself.

“We were stabbed in the back by those who support terrorism,” Putin said the day Turkey shot down the Russian warplane. The Russian leader also noted a “commercial-scale supply of oil from the occupied Syrian territories seized by terrorists” into Turkey, documented in reconnaissance missions and regularly struck by the Russian Air Force as one of the priority targets in the war against ISIS and other terror groups in Syria.


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  1. One thing about propaganda – thinking people usually can see through it. Why would Syria buy back oil that ISIS stole from Syria? If Russia created ISIS why are they now bombing the heck out of ISIS now?
    Also, most of the evidence that I have seen points to Ukraine as the guilty party in the MH17 shoot down. Russia did not occupy Crimea, they were already there as part of the port lease contract with Ukraine. The Crimeans voted to join Russia by over 90%. after the criminal overthrow of their government of Ukraine. There is little evidence of Russian occupation of Donbass.
    Just where do you get your ideas?

  2. You’re IRRATIONAL, again.

    Qatari rulers are Takfiri type of anti-Moslems just like ISIS is Takfiri anti-Moslems.

  3. Simple rule that needs to be implemented – any vehicles crossing into Syria (unless through a Syrian government controlled check-point or under UN authority) are considered potential Da’esh suppliers, and are fair game for attack.

  4. oh…so in russia there is also stupid people… just a stupid can believe that Assad will buy its own Syrian Oil….!!! Do you know how important is Syria to Russia`s economy… it is stupid to believe that Russia wanted that war on Syria… please “read” …and do not just “believe” in a radio talk show..or haven`t you search about those statements in any other place? there is any other place that mention something so absurd? come on…wake up and get some books…!!!

  5. There is a another dimension to this. Putin opened the Grand Mosque in Moscow and invited Erdogan. This stabbing in the back goes way beyond the shooting down of a plane. It goes back over 500 years and to the Hagia Sophia. If Erdogan and the Turks do not willingly hand it back to the Orthodox Christian Church, it will be taken by force. If the Turks destroy it, they will be destroyed and it will be rebuilt.

    • No, neither Putin nor Medvedev are expansionists.

      Since the fall of the Soviet Union Moscow has only conducted 1 operation outside of ex Soviet borders – Syria – and only three times within ex Soviet borders; twice in Chechnya and when they wiped the floor with NATO trained and equipped Georgia in 5 (!) days.

      Still Russia sucked in 2008 and yet Gennady Fifthcollumnovsky claims Russia has been “invading” Ukraine for +1.5 years…


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