US Cover-Up of Turkey-Daesh Oil Smuggling Disintegrates Into 'Excuses'

© REUTERS / Russian Defence Ministry Oil trucks, which, according to Russia's Defence Ministry, are being used by Islamic State militants, are hit by air strikes carried out by Russia's air force, at an unknown location in Syria, in this still image taken from video footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry on November 18, 201
Oil trucks, which, according to Russia's Defence Ministry, are being used by Islamic State militants, are hit by air strikes carried out by Russia's air force, at an unknown location in Syria, in this still image taken from video footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry on November 18, 201 - Sputnik International
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The US cover-up of Daesh-Turkey oil smuggling has turned from denials to excuses, according to columnist L. Todd Wood.

Recent US statements regarding the "insignificance" of stolen oil smuggling from Daesh sources to Turkey sound more like excuses than rebuttals, according to Washington Times columnist L. Todd Wood.

On Saturday, US coordinator for international energy affairs Amos Hochstein claimed that the oil being smuggled from Daesh-controlled Syria to Turkey is "of no significance from a volume perspective." The statement followed a Russian Defense Ministry presentation on oil smuggling by Daesh into Turkey.

"That doesn’t sound like a statement to me that smuggling is not happening. It sounds like an excuse," Wood wrote.

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Wood added that turning a blind eye to the oil smuggling is insignificant, in comparison to the US refusal to bomb Daesh oil trucks and facilities in the past 14 months.

"The real reason American forces were finally ordered to start destroying fuel trucks was the fact that Russia embarrassed them into doing so," Wood said.

According to Wood, the lack of US pressure on Daesh makes the White House complicit in the group's growth and financial expansion.

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