The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Daesh) currently controls eleven oil-fields in northern Iraq and in the region of Rakka in Syria.
According to the Andalou News Agency, Jana Hybášková, Ambassador of the European Union in Iraq, oil tankers filled with oil purchased from ISIL had arrived in European countries. She refused to go into further detail or give a list of the countries concerned.
Meanwhile, the site Atlantico has indicated the ISIL sells its oil at around 25 to 50 dollars per barrel (it sells for 100 dollars per barrel on the international market) via its network of smugglers in Jordan, Turkey, Kurdistan and Iran, and that it cannot be ruled out that this crude oil then comes into the US or into Europe.
As for the supply of weapons to the Kurds, the ambassador claimed that it was impossible to verify whether the true recipients were still the Peshmerga or “Kurdish terrorist groups”. According to her, moreover, support for Kurdish independence would trigger “the complete collapse of the Middle East”.
22 September 2014
Translated from French
The original author was Gilles Munier
Source : France-Irak Actualité
See also: “ISIL: Are we honestly fighting against the terrorists?”