NEO – Is ISIS a Scam?

Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse plus one? Barzani meets with Americans

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by Gordon Duff, VT Senior Editor, … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

First there is the oil, and then moving it to market
First there is the oil, and then moving it to market

[ Editor’s note: The wars can be long running moving targets, where even years into them, new pieces of the puzzle are being found, or discovered when they had been missed. Today we delve into the deep end of the pool in Iraq with a completely new look at who really is ISIL in Iraq.

Gordon is especially well-suited to weigh in here, as he was stationed in Erbil post-Iraqi war in a UN position working with the Kurds, and knew Barazani well. A key part of his work was being a middle man in working out the economic values on the oil-producing region of northern Iraq.

He has been to every oil well in northern Iraq, seen the test results of its quality (like sulfur content), the transportation cost to the nearest pipeline connection to determine the sale price per barrel. He was not a fast learner for this Erbil gig, but had a long history in the oil contracting business, with transactions covering 30 to 40 countries.

VT has a long history where, after we get new information, we update our readers, as that is the process followed in formal Intel analysis contracting work. The readers see other readers critique our work in the comment section, but not the professional interchanges that take place at a different level, where even more adjustments might take place as we work to get closer and closer to the real dealJim W. Dean ]



– First published … March 22, 2016

Recent revelations inside Iraq have exposed ISIS. They don’t exist, simple as that, not across Iraq, not in Mosul, not in control of any oil regions, not in any way remotely resembling what the world has been told.

The real “ISIS,” more recently identified as a Turkish, Israeli, Saudi construct is, at least in Iraq, run out of Erbil, not Mosul or Raqqah, cannot be identified, or explained. It is a ghost. Let our story begin.

In January 2014, I met with Sunni governors to discuss their views on the ISIS threat as it applied to their regional security issues. At that time ISIS was in Ramadi only, seen by a cynical but powerful few as a useful tool to leverage political reforms from the Shiite led government.

The subsequent almost magical rise of ISIS across Iraq was believed by all though it made no sense. The ISIS of January 2014 and the ISIS of September 2014 were unrelated, certainly not the same entity.

The new “ISIS” made militarily impossible simultaneous moves across Anbar, Nineveh, Salahaddin, Tamim, Dyala, Karbala, Babil, Najaf, Qadisiyyah and even Sulaymania provinces — and this is in Iraq alone.

Russian and US delegations chiefs with Barakat of Syria reading findings
Russian delegation chief, and Gordon, with Dr. Barakat of Syria, the formal reading of the conference findings, Dec. 03, 2014, Damascus

This evidenced early on that the tribal, interrelated Sunni political groups, all of which had long since formed militia organizations with which I am very familiar, had suddenly become “ISIS” in Iraq but that there were other powers as well acting under the theatrical guise of ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State.

Thus, we knew from the first, and by “we,” I mean the Iraqi government, Iran, Russia and maybe even the United States, that the ISIS threat was misrepresented.

This has long been an unspoken fact that the insurgency we suspected was nothing more than an Iraqi civil war, not the rise of a mystical cult of “head choppers” with mad internet skills and lots of Hollywood backing.

If the thought has crossed your mind that ISIS isn’t what it seems to be, your suspicions may well have been justified. If you had heard of conspiracy theories about ISIS, that intelligence agencies were helping it or that it isn’t quite what it seems, there is reason to believe, reason rooted in facts that you are shooting well short of the mark.

We now have reason to believe that there really is no “ISIS”, not as represented by anyone, not even by conspiracy theorists. In fact, the closest anyone has come to what we are now learning about who and what they really are came out in December 2014 during the Damascus Security Conference when the American delegation headed by Colonel James Hanke and I named ISIS as only an “arm” of a global organized crime syndicate.


Deconstructing ISIS

Last week, the regional government in Erbil covering the Kurdish areas of Iraq, received a very strange and inexplicable payment of $200m from Turkey for “oil revenue shortfalls.”

However, records indicate that in accordance with Iraq’s constitution, Erbil had received its requisite 17% of Iraq’s oil revenue with consistency.

Also note that the constitution of Iraq expressly prevents the Kurdish Regional Government from directly negotiating oil sales with any nation or corporate entity.

You've heard of Bandar Bush? Well there's also Barzani McCain
You’ve heard of Bandar Bush? Well there’s also Barzani McCain

Moreover, Iraq’s massive Kirkuk oil reserves are well outside the borders of the Kurdish Regional Government’s limited control. Then, however, KRG Prime Minister Barzani announced that he was planning to annex Iraq’s major oil fields as part of a ploy to withdraw from Iraq.

Adding to this, all in one week mind you, including another $300m payment to Erbil from an oil company in the West to secure oil rights within the territory Barzani said he plays to seize.

The problem is, Barzani already seized that territory and has, since 2014, been selling the oil to Turkey.

Moreover, according to a June 10, 2014 story from the Iraqi News, the government of Iraq has cited Barzani personally as having sold $119b in Kirkuk oil through Turkey and Israel and for personally pocketing the entire amount, sales from 2010 onward, an amount now believed to exceed $160 billion American dollars.

That entire amount, according to the Baghdad government, cannot be found in any account. All the while, the people of the KRG are told they are bankrupt and local services are being curtailed.


We Said Erbil Had Seized the Oil Fields, What Did We Mean?

Kurdistan’s Barzani

Back in November 2015, Russian Aerospace forces attacked oil truck convoys, at places moving four abreast, near the Turkish border crossing of Zahko. Though this was announced by no one, that border crossing is not between Syria and Turkey but rather Iraq and Turkey.

The oil transported along this ground route, parallel with the Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline, brought high grade light sweet Iraqi crude oil from fields north and east of Baghdad that were very remote from any known ISIS military capability.

We were told that ISIS had conquered the oil fields and refinery facilities that the Erbil government, since 2003, had coveted and had made more than two dozen military grabs to seize, each blocked by the Baghdad government with overwhelming force, something known well in Iraq but never reported in the West.

Until the “ISIS” moves across Iraq, the ones cited as Sunni militias pretending to be ISIS and limited real ISIS activities in and around their only base of operations in Ramadi, the Baghdad government had kept strong military forces between these oil facilities and production regions and the incursions from Erbil.

Where we had assumed that ISIS had taken these areas, though militarily impossible, and had somehow been allowed to transit oil directly through Erbil controlled territory into Turkey, perhaps explaining the $200m payment, thus representing a partnership between Turkey, ISIS and the KRG, we find we had this wrong. We had underestimated the situation.

The galactic criminal cabal uses pods of three plus one to nudge forward the chaos that would come out of global war on Earth -- otherwise known as The Apocalypse. With the fourth player (the bringer of death) always changing, this maximizes the power and scope of one pod. Just as everyone on the planet is connected by six degrees of separation, that too is five minus one. The "one" that is universal is the unseen spirit of chaos.
The global crime cabal uses memes for the purpose of confusion. The cabal uses pods of three plus one to nudge forward the chaos that would come out of an all-encompassing Earthly war, otherwise known as The Apocalypse. If you set up the fourth player (the bringer of death) to always be changing, this pivotability leverages the power and scope of one pod. Likewise, the bringers of death can pivot to their other pods of three (victory, war, famine) in their other circles. Research showed in the 1960s that all humans are only separated by six degrees.


We have now realized that, in fact, the Pergmersha had taken the oil fields based on, as Barzani has stated, “Baghdad’s inability to defend them.” Moreover, Erbil’s sales of oil to Turkey, all shipped through Mosul, supposed ISIS capitol, past the new Turkish base in Iraq, and up to Zahko where Russian attacks have attenuated this activity, tell another story.

Mosul is not an ISIS capitol at all. It is the home base for an international criminal conspiracy that Erbil is a prime member of and that the Turkish forces to the North of Mosul and the Pergmersha forces who have, for years now sat only miles away to the East, are there to protect their investment, not lay siege.

Thus, when Obama announced a plan to recapture Mosul in late 2014 and to have complete control by March 2015, we now know why these plans failed to materialize. There simply is no ISIS occupation of oil fields, production facilities and the oil route to Turkey, a route which is flowing cash into the Swiss bank accounts of friends of Erdogan and Barzani.

According to the Baghdad government, this is also an oil trade shared by the state of Israel in every way.


Did the Pipeline Really Blow?

KRG oilpipeline

Our next question involves the mysterious pipeline explosion supposedly blocking oil from Kirkuk, held by ISIS or is it the Pergmersha, and Turkey or is it Israel?

On July 29, 2015, Turkey announced a massive explosion of the 670 mile long pipeline that had been transporting 400,000 barrels a day of oil from “ISIS controlled” regions of Iraq to Turkey and to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

There, tankers from Exxon and British Petroleum carry this oil to world markets and no one has ever asked who gets the billions of dollars from these sales. From 2003 onward, Iraqi oil, or by estimates 40% of Iraqi oil shipped through Ceyhan, the entire production of the Kirkuk oil fields, largest known oil reserves in the world, was paid for.

In fact, there are no real figures on how much oil has left Iraq from 2003 onward with up to $1.5 t, and yes we are saying “trillion,” missing and unaccounted for. Whether talking hundreds of billions or in really serious figures, this kind of money can only not only be moved but in actuality “exist” within the network of Rothschild banks and within a global criminal organization itself beyond any nation state or “superpower.”

Let us return to why we are discussing the offending pipeline which may or may not have been destroyed back in 2015, which Turkey claims is related to their recent $200m payment to Erbil. Again, we preface with the simple fact that Erbil in no way, manner nor form has any financial rights to monies tied to the sale of Iraqi crude oil, whether trucked or “pipelined” out of Iraq.

Abdullah Gül and Recep Erdoğan
Abdullah Gül and Recep Erdoğan

There is no “Kurdish oil,” either within the borders of the KRG or within areas theoretically held by ISIS on behalf of Erbil or Turkey or Israel, if ISIS exists as described.

What we do know is this, there is no evidence of any kind that a pipeline was destroyed but we do have evidence that Turkey clamped down on the press in that region and has ethnically cleansed the city of Cizre, killing hundreds of civilians in a reign of terror.

Were one of a conspiratorial bent and were one to assume that some if not all or perhaps “many” of the recent bomb attacks inside Turkey are “false flag” based on the timing and victims, and we ascribe to that hypothesis, then it is also conceivable that Turkish military action, or at least part of it, is to cover a massive asset theft on behalf of a global criminal conspiracy.

Where this the case, and we believe this to be so, then Turkish actions inside Ukraine that now threaten Crimea, Turkish interest in biochemical warfare production at Tbilisi, now well established as fact, and Turkey’s recent moves in Qatar, Nigeria and Ghana take on a sinister aspect.

Illuminati signs
Illuminati signs

Were one then to look at what many deem the inevitability of Saudi collapse, the dire straits of Israel’s international standing, their damaged relationship with the US and Europe, then an impetus for possible dangerous and ill-conceived actions by Turkey endanger the region.

When one also assumes that Erdogan, through his recent behaviors, showing signs of increasingly instability and a narcissistic personality disorder of the highest level and yet observes his continued ability to bring Germany and much of the European Union to heel, normal analytical tools fail, the idea of an “unseen mover,” as hypothesized, an all-powerful criminal enterprise, a veritable hydra of bloodline, Illuminati, Bilderberg, P2, Red Circle entities, begins to take on form.

Then we return to the map, beginning with the rightist revolution in Poland, the unadmitted collapse of Ukraine, Africa in turmoil, Afghanistan and Pakistan in a dance of death, and everything in between at the edge of Armageddon, all of this with no opposing religions, no clash of civilizations, no political theories at odds, nothing but what?

There is no answer but global crime, feeding on assets, more base than empire building, no land to conquer only things to steal, people to slaughter, to burn, to debase and destroy.

Were this a battle of good against evil only one thing is missing. There is no “good.”


Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”



  1. Yes, good point, how the subject of who verifies of these public claims of attacks are real, and if so why cannot the people doing them be tracked down and grabbed? I can’t remember one that that happened to. Are we to believe that with the 100s of billions spent they don’t know how to do that?….or something a bit more sinister…like how mass media seems to never be able to expose Rita Katz and Site Intel as a front, or the Syrian Observation Center?

  2. Oh, i forgot to say Gordon, this is a bloody masterpiece.

    And as always, Jim’s insight is the proverbial icing on the cake.

    It is no wonder that the main-line media enforce a total blackout of VT…

  3. 6 Degrees Cafe, Hanoi. Hanoi John McCain. Bush and Putin to sign WTO deal in Hanoi (2006).
    Bush and Putin wearing Chinese silk tunics.

    Six Degrees of Separation, or The Human Spider Web.

    The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in Chinese silk carried out along its length, beginning during the Han dynasty (207 BCE – 220 CE). Some remnants of what was probably Chinese silk have been found in Ancient Egypt from 1070 BCE. The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors. Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China.[10][11] The earliest example of silk fabric is from 3630 BC, and it was used as wrapping for the body of a child from a Yangshao site in Qingtaicun at Xingyang, Henan.[10][12]

    Oh, what a TANG-led web we weave: When first we practise to deceive!

    Weaving spiders, come not here.
    Hence, you long-legged spinners, hence!

  4. Yes.. Thanks Gordi.. work well done..again. As for candidates for the the three poison dart competition.. My selected choices would be. 1. “Senile Traitor” John McCain. 2. “Constantine” Erodokan. and 3. of course would be “Vile dripping” Netanyahu.. The end result would temporarily put a damper on the entire midceast piss-poor game of “oil for death”. The irony in the midst of it all is, that none, not one of the talking-dead-heads on MSM have the slightest clue. They don’t know a $hit, and… the don’t even care! Stuff ’em all full of batshit, and they regurgitate it as newz! Worse than that, the people believe them!!!

  5. It’s not a one world government being formed, so much as one World Corporation. Superb article Gordon, what you offer us is priceless.

  6. Mr. GPD __

    Either the “Clueless Leaders” Don’t know the meaning of
    “Finger Crossing in the Photo or they have Converted Erdogan
    from Muslim to Christian” since their Fingers Crossing is a Signal of:

     The Father, Son & The Holy Spirit

     We Pray Tonight our Vets & Active Military Personnel in Arizona

  7. Us and them we’re only ordinary men,me and you,God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do.

  8. A good question is how Putin’s Russia fits into this immense cluster…k ?.

    Seeing that Russia has one of the best intel agencies in the world, surely his government knows or suspects all of this. Has he been dealing with this entity behind closed doors, has he been waging a covert war against it for many years, or both ?.

    Does Putin have enough dirt on to enable him to blackmail them into leaving his Russians alone, or does he dance around with them like some macabre game of chess played with flesh and blood pieces that are refreshed from time to time ?.

    And how does VT fit into all this, does, do YOU have enough dirt on them, enough that you are able to disclose snippets of information and not end up on a Rita Katz snuff film with your head held high, minus a torso ?.

    The story above certainly opens a can of worms, or should that be snakes.


    • Massoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, claimed in 2005 that “establishing relations between the Kurds and Israel is not a crime since many Arab countries have ties with the Jewish state.”[2]

      The special relations between the Barzani tribal chiefs and the patriarchs of the family of Khawaja Khinno continued even after the exodus of Mustafa Barzani to Russia in 1947 and the mass migration of the Jews to the State of Israel from 1951 to 1952. Following the collapse of the Republic of Mahabad at the end of 1946, Mustafa Barzani went into exile in Russia.

      In a policy address in 2014, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported the establishment of an independent Kurdish state. He claimed that: “The Kurds are a fighting people that have proven political commitment and political moderation, and they’re also worthy of their own political independence.”[13]

      Jewish immigration from Ottoman Empire to the Land of Israel (then Damascus Eyalet and Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem) began in the 16th century with the first Jewish immigrants from Kurdistan settling in Safed.

    • February 21, 2013
      MOSCOW, Russia,— Russian President Vladimir Putin received Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani in Moscow on Wednesday.

      A statement issued on Wednesday, Feb. 20, by Kurdistan Region’s Presidency, said that Barzani discussed with Putin Iraq’s political crisis, as well as means to consolidate economic cooperation between Russia and Kurdistan Region.

      The meeting focused on economic and cultural cooperation as well as on the role of Russian companies in the reconstruction process in both Kurdistan and Iraq.

      Putin stated that he is aware of the struggle of the Kurdish people and of the struggle of Mulla Mustafa Barzani, President Massoud Barzani’s late father, who lived for several years in exile in Moscow in the 1950s.

      Russian extends its ties to the 1947 following the collapse of the Republic of Mahabad Kurdish and asylum Barzani with half a million fighters to Russia where he spent 12 years.

      Barzani, together with a high-level Kurdistan Region delegation, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday on an official two-day visit, where he is also due to meet Foreign Minister Lavrov and other Russian government officials.

      During his stay in Moscow, Barzani also visited the headquarters of the oil and gas giant Gazprom and met with Chairman of the Management Committee Alexey Miller.

      Copyright © 2013

  9. “ISIS” claimed credit for today’s Brussels attacks, of course. I was half-expecting something to happen today, as the criminals can’t seem to just let 3/22 go by. Preliminary thoughts… 3 occult aspects of whatever happened today… 322 is Skull and Bones number. 22 is a multiple of 11. Also, there were 2 locations attacked, the airport and the metro, so possible “Twin” aspect, very masonic.

  10. best explanation I’ve seen how Iraq’s puppet and insane erDOGan are supported. BP Exxon not shut down for supporting terrorism like too big to fail bankster bailouts over thin air counterfeit money they can and do dispossess everyone with after sabotaging REAL economies.. sounds “wild” but is all relative too. look at the bio-weapon attack BP got away with in our Gulf. Exxon Valdez anyone?

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