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Hitting the Enemy Where It Hurts: Kurdish Forces Disrupt Daesh Oil Trade

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The Kurdish People’s Protection Units are waging a successful campaign against Daesh forces in Syria, targeting the terrorist movement’s primary source of income.

The Kara-choh oilfield, located in Syria’s Hasakah province, was recently liberated from Daesh by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as part of their ongoing campaign to deprive the terrorist group of its chief source of income: the illegal oil trade.

Most of the oil pumps at Kara-choh are currently inoperable, according to RT journalists that managed to visit the complex. Furthermore, the Kurds would’ve been unable to sell the oil themselves even if they tried: the territories to the west and to the south are controlled by Daesh, Iraq to the east doesn’t require any surplus oil, and Turkey to the north apparently considers Syrian Kurds a bigger threat than even the Islamist terrorists.

"Turkey was always against us – they were hostile from the start. They stopped anything from crossing the border: medicine, food, goods," head of the Kurdish Energy Organization Suleiman Khalef told RT.

In an attempt to satisfy their need for fuel, the Kurds managed to construct makeshift oil refineries. These facilities can only be used to successfully produce low-quality diesel fuel and petrol, so the Kurds simply store oil waste they can’t refine in the open for later use.

While this method is obviously harmful for the environment, the Kurds have no other way to provide the population with basic needs, RT points out.

"We only extract oil from wells that have the most gas. We use it to run a gas power plant, which keeps our towns and cities at least partially supplied. We give priority to essential enterprises, such as bakeries, hospitals, and schools," Suleiman Khalef added.

According to RT, several years ago the Kurds used to control only about 1,000 oil pumps, but since then this number has tripled as the YPG keeps dislodging Daesh forces from the oil production facilities and depriving the terrorist movement of a sizeable portion of its revenues.

Daesh forces have been relying heavily on revenues from the black-market sales of drugs, smuggled crude oil and human trafficking. According to an assessment made by Adam Szubin, a US Treasury official, in December, the Daesh militants are earning up to $40 million per month selling oil stolen from production facilities in Syria, and have gained up to $500 million in total from their illegal oil trade.

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  • professor.hornblow
    The money earned from Daesh oil sales must go into a bank; so which banks are involved in laundering this money? It can't be hard to find out considering the amounts involved.
  • marcanhalt
    "We give priority to essential enterprises, such as bakeries, hospitals, and schools...." My kind of planning! Mmm, mmm. good! Hospitals always have coffee, and there is no better way to make a friend then of a kid who has a sweet tooth!
  • Guess.. it's HCBS.. (hehehe..) they had track records of dealing with thugs up to offshore..!
  • I am not sure why the Russians are not more active in talking with the Kurds and helping them, as well.
  • neo con artistin reply toprofessor.hornblow(Show commentHide comment)
    professor.hornblow, most certainly Turkish, Saudi, Zionist or CIA operated banks world-wide... and you're absolutely correct, these sums are massive and deposits would be easy to trace
  • FlorianGeyerin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt,

    Whilst the US/NATO gang bomb hospitals and vital civilian infrastructure with their very expensive and very accurate missiles etc.
  • FlorianGeyerin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor,
    Possibly President Assad would be willing accept more autonomy for the Kurds BUT that would impact on Kurdish aspirations in Iran, and Iran is a loyal ally of Assad.
  • Pelagiusin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, I do not know if they are or are not trying to intensify cooperation but they have to respect the nation`s integrity... so they must be careful since the kurds might demand autonomy like the the Northern Iraqi Kurds.. after all the partitioning of countries or entire regions into petty states has only served western imperialist agenda...
  • in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer, everything can be negotiated. The Kurdish regions in Syria and Iraq will never be controlled by the Syrian or Iraqi governments, so if the Iranians were to initiate and broker a deal then a Kurdish zone(s) or Kurdistan could be carved out of Turkey (the largest part) and two smaller zones from Syria and Iraq with a high degree of autonomy in Kurdish parts in Iran under effective control of Iran. Syria would agree to it, and Russians would have no objection to it either. Then join the forces and get rid of the Turks first. This would put KSA back into their hole and the war could end. All happy.

    Oh, and.....ban religion across the globe!
  • in reply toPelagius(Show commentHide comment)
    Pelagius, Read my above commentary.
  • FlorianGeyerin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor,
    That would indeed be the ideal resolution ,a plus point being a civil war in Turkey to overthrow Erdogan and his clique of bandits.
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