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    Mounting Evidence: Ankara 'Playing Not a Very Clean Game' With Daesh

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    "Mounting evidence" suggests that "Turkey is playing not a very clean game" with regard to Daesh, Iraqi MP Mowaffak al-Rubaie asserted, accusing Ankara of smuggling oil stolen from Iraqi and Syrian oilfields, as well providing medical treatment to Daesh fighters.

    Turkey has been recently embroiled in a number of scandals, with its dubious ties with the brutal group taking center stage.

    Turkey's illegal oil business is a major area of concern. Ankara is "smuggling Iraqi oil and Syrian oil through the borders and selling it on the black market in Turkey," al-Rubaie, who served as national security adviser, told RT.

    Concentration of vehicles and direction of truck convoys' traffic into Turkey. Maximum available quality. (Still frames of the Russian Defense Ministry.)
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    Concentration of vehicles and direction of truck convoys' traffic into Turkey. Maximum available quality. (Still frames of the Russian Defense Ministry.)

    The illegal oil business is considered to be the main source of the group's revenues. Daesh is estimated to have made up to $2 million daily by selling petroleum products before Russian forces mounted a campaign aimed at destroying the group's oil tankers and refineries.

    Another major area of concern involves Turkey allegedly treating wounded terrorists.

    "There is evidence that some of these high value individuals of Daesh when they get wounded in Iraq and Syria, they cross the border and get treated and operated on in Turkish hospitals," the Iraqi MP lamented.

    Al-Rubaie urged the Turkish leadership to make real effort to prove that they are not dealing with Daesh nor "turning a blind eye to the movement of these terrorists from Turkey to Syria and Iraq and vice versa." 

    In short, the Iraqi MP believes that Ankara should "come clean" with regard to its ties to Daesh.

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