Putin Names And Shames Obama Into Bombing IS Oil
By Moon Of Alabama
November 16, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Moon
Of Alabama" - The U.S. claims it wants to hit the Islamic
State but in one year of bombing it never really touched one of its
biggest sources of income. Hundreds of oil tanker trucks are waiting
every day at IS distribution points to smuggle oil to Turkey and
elsewhere. Only one such distribution point was ever bombed and that
attack was by the Iraqi air force.
Now the Russian President Putin played some "name
and shame" at the G-20 meeting in Turkey and, lo and behold, the
problem gets solved.
The Obama administration recently
claimed it would increase attacks on the most expensive Syrian
oil infrastructure which is owned by the Syrian government but under
IS control. But it said it would still not hit the large truck
While the American-led air campaign has conducted
periodic airstrikes against oil refineries and other production
facilities in eastern Syria that the group controls, the
organization’s engineers have been able to quickly repair
damage, and keep the oil flowing, American officials said.
The Obama administration has also balked at attacking
the Islamic State’s fleet of tanker trucks — its main
distribution network — fearing civilian casualties.
But now the administration has decided to
increase the attacks and focus on inflicting damage that takes
longer to fix or requires specially ordered parts, American
The obvious target to stop the oil trade is to hit
the trucks. Without trucks the other infrastructure is useless for
IS as the oil can not be sold. With trucks destroyed the men behind
the smuggling will lose all profits and leave the business. The
"civilian casualties" argument does not hold. There could be
warnings to avoid human damage or one could consider that these oil
smugglers are dealing with terrorists and thereby accomplices. The
real U.S. reluctance to hit the oil smuggling might be out of
deference to the Turkish government which of course profits from
such oil transfers.
Then came along Russia and its President Putin and
demonstrated at the current G-20 meeting that the U.S. is not
serious about fighting IS. Today the Turkish journalist Abdullah
reports remarks by President Putin from a G-20 sideline event:
Abdullah Bozkurt @abdbozkurt
Putin in #Turkey: I provided examples based on our data on the
financing of different #ISIL units by private individuals.
"This money, as we have established, comes
from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among
them”, Putin says
"I’ve shown our colleagues photos
taken from space & from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the
scale of the illegal trade in oil"
Putin provided that information and the photos
yesterday. Obama must have been deeply embarrassed and pissed.
Suddenly, a day after Putin exposed the U.S. reluctance to hit IS
where it is needed, a big truck assembly
Intensifying pressure on the Islamic State,
United States warplanes for the first time attacked
hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist group
has been using to smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in
Syria, American officials said. According to an initial
assessment, 116 trucks were destroyed in the attack, which took
place near Deir al-Zour, an area in eastern Syria that is
controlled by the Islamic State.
Until Monday, the United States had refrained from striking the
fleet used to transport oil, believed to include more than 1,000
tanker trucks, because of concerns about causing civilian
casualties. As a result, the Islamic State’s distribution system
for exporting oil had remained largely intact.
It seems that Putin's naming and shaming with
regards to the oil smuggling was successful. We might soon see a
similar effect on the financing sources he mentioned.