RT France, March 24, 2016
Translated from French by Tom Winter March 29, 2016
An RT documentary team filming in the north of Syria has come upon abandoned Daesh documents, uncovered by the Kurds, that reveal the shocking scale of the Daesh-Turkey petroleum trafficking.
Shortly after the onset of the conflict in Syria, Daesh became a major actor in Iraq, and in Syria particularly. Filmed decapitations, murders on a large scale, slavery, clear links to the attacks in Paris and Brussels: So many are the elements associated with the terrorist group, and ones that brought them vast publicity.
Directing an organization empowered with such capacities would have been impossible without logistic and financial help coming from outside.
Turkey, which has been actively engaged in the war in Syria from the start, has denied helping Daesh several times over. Although Ankara insists on the point that the jihadist group constitutes a sworn enemy, the facts observed on the ground present a quite different story.
RT has interviewed several witnesses implicated in the commercial activities of Daesh and has gotten access to the documents of the terrorist group, documents that furnish a look at how and where the foreign militants enter Syria to rejoin the jihadist organization.
The RT Documentary team did much of its filming in the town of Al-Shadadi, located at the south of the Syrian province of Hassake, in part still under Daesh control.
On the liberation of this town of some 10,000 inhabitants, RT filmed Kurdish soldiers milling around what had served the militants as a shelter, and studying abandoned militant documents.
Several of the notebooks seized on site were official, detailed billings, kept by Daesh to evaluate the daily receipts from their oilfields and refineries, as well and the amounts pumped out. All the documents bore the symbol of Daesh, stamped up top.
These dossiers show that “Daesh kept very professional accounts of their petroleum commerce” according to the author of the new RT documentary, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
Each invoice included the driver’s name, the type of vehicle, the weight of the truck, empty as well as laden, and of course, the agreed upon price, and the total amount.
One of these invoices, dated January 11, 2016, shows, for example that Daesh extracted 1,925 barrels of oil from the Kabibah oilfield and sold them for 38,342 dollars.
The oil to Turkey, the jihadists from Turkey
RT interviewed inhabitants who had been forced to work in the Daesh oil industry, asking them to describe their experience in the refinery controlled by terrorists and from which the extracted oil was sold.They testified that “the extracted oil was delivered to an oil refinery, where it was converted into gasoline, natural gas and other petroleum products. Then the refined product was sold,” says the author of the documentary RT, adding that “the intermediaries from Raqqa and Aleppo came to recover the petro and often mentioned Turkey.” More information revealing the links between Daesh and Turkey was provided by a Turkish militant previously captured by the Kurds. This Daesh recruit said, on camera, that the terrorist group actually sold the oil in Turkey.
“Without even being asked the question, the combattant admitted that the reason it was to easy for him to cross the frontier with Turkey and rejoin Daesh was that Turkey also was in on the profits. Once he was asked, he answered that
Turkey took something from all this, petrol, for example.”
RT also had occasion to speak with a Kurdish soldier who showed us a collection of passports recovered from bodies of Daesh combattants. The video of the documentary team shows the papers of several jihadists from all parts of the world, including countries like Bahrein, Libya, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tunisia and Turkey.
Most of these combattants, as the evidence shows, passed through Turkey, all the passports having stamps from customs points of the Turkish border.
A YPG member furnished some photos from a key person in the USB, and apparently showing some future members of the jihadist groups. One was of three men standing in front of the obelisk of Theodosius, the famous Istanbul monument. Another was of several men somewhere in Syria already armed and equipped.
One of the Daesh combattants interviewed by RT revealed that there were no frontier guards at the zone he used for crossing the turco-syrian border.
Some islamist propaganda, printed in Istanbul
The Turkish logistic support for the extremist combattants trying to overthrow the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, or at least the Turkish non-interference with the border crossings, was widely reported, but little has been said of ideological support stemming from Turkish territory.
But among the documents discovered in a hospital directed by Daesh, the RT team found a brochure printed in Arabic and titled “How to conduct a perfect battle against the regime of Assad,” which described the various means of fighting the Syrian government.
Strangely enough, the brochure was not just printed in Turkey, but the cover openly stated the postal address and phone number of the press in Istanbul, accompanied by facebook contacts[!]
“Several people have spoken of the links with Turkey. Turkey is a direct neighbor of Daesh. If it had chosen to shut off this connection with Daesh, the terrorist organization could no longer exist,” explained the author of the documentary, adding that “If Daesh stopped getting weapons, new recruits, food, and other aid from Turkey, Daesh would lose a great sponsor.”
Turkey profits three times over from the Islamic State since the terrorist group furnishes petrol at a good price, and fights against its two enemies: the Syrian government, and the Kurdish population. And there is a notice in common to the Kurds and their enemies of the jihadist organization. The documents from Daesh obtained by RT can represent further proof of the dubious strategy of the government of the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Syria.