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ERDOGAN RESPONDS TO SMUGGLING CLAIMS

During his recent visit to New York, Turkish president Erdogan denounced reporting fromThe New York Times and the Financial Times indicating that his country is allowing oil produced in parts of Syria and Iraq under the control of the Islamic State (IS) to be smuggled across its borders along established regional networks, where it then enters the market, providing a key source of financing for the terrorist organization. 

The complexity of the situation in northern Iraq, aside from the “geopolitical nightmare” of IS conquests there, can be gauged from reports that established smuggling corridors in the region are controlled largely by Kurds, who are thus facilitating the sale of IS-produced oil at the same time as fighting the IS itself. 

»THE CRISIS IN THE CONCEPT OF THE

WORLD ORDER (IS) THE ULTIMATE

INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM OF OUR DAYS.«

Henry Kissinger,„World Order“, August 2014