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Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:24 AM

 

Is Turkish President Erdogan having second thoughts yet?

The Turkish President's dramatic offer to resign if Russian can prove his country is functioning as an illegal transit hub for Syrian and Iraqi oil seized by the Islamic State may have been a self-satisfying statement to issue, however, as the following clearly demonstrates, one should be careful about giving in to the urge to make such sweeping promises.




President Erdogan at the World Climate Summit in Paris, Nov. 30, 2015 (Reuters)


Are You Sure About That? Why Erdogan Shouldn't Have Asked for Proof


Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dramatically vowed to leave office if any proof is provided that Ankara has been buying oil from the terrorist group Daesh (ISIL/IS). But does the Turkish leader really believe that President Putin is going to make a statement unsupported by evidence? Here’s at least some of the evidence Erdogan has hastily asked for.

Satellite images and aerial photos showing the true scale of the Daesh (ISIL) oil trade: “I’ve shown photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” Vladimir Putin told reporters in November on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Antalya, “Car convoys stretching for dozens of kilometers, going beyond the horizon when seen from a height of four-five thousand meters," added the Russian president. The real thing is that President Putin actually got up in front of the world's largest economic powers and told them, right to their faces, that Russia knows exactly where the oil is going.

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In a follow up of the President Putin’s remarks on the issue, the newspaper (The Guardian) has published another article with the reference to a “long list of evidence of Turkish support for Daesh (ISIL) in Syria, compiled by The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.

Based on the evidence of a variety of international sources including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, BBC, Sky News, as well as Turkish sources, CNN Turk, Hurriyet Daily News, Taraf, Cumhuriyet, and Radikal among others, the document confirmed that: “Turkey Provides Military Equipment to ISIS (ISIL Daesh), Turkey Provided Transport and Logistical Assistance to ISIS Fighters, Turkey Provided Training to ISIS Fighters, Turkey Offers Medical Care to ISIS Fighters, Turkey Supports ISIS Financially Through Purchase of Oil, Turkish Forces Are Fighting Alongside ISIS.”

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Read more (there is a great deal more) at: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151201/1031041612/erdogan-turkey-oil-proof.html


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Reply Is Turkish President Erdogan having second thoughts yet? (Original post)
another_liberal Dec 2015 OP
GGJohn Dec 2015 #1
another_liberal Dec 2015 #3
GGJohn Dec 2015 #7
another_liberal Dec 2015 #8
GGJohn Dec 2015 #10
malaise Dec 2015 #2
another_liberal Dec 2015 #4
malaise Dec 2015 #5
elias49 Dec 2015 #6
another_liberal Dec 2015 #9

Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:27 AM

1. Ah, the Kremlin mouthpiece, ie: Sputnik news.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:33 AM

3. Now Columbia University's "Institute for the Study of Human Rights" is a Russian agent too?

 

Sometimes our resident Russia-bashers frankly just amaze me.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:40 AM

7. I wouldn't trust one word coming from that rag.

If they told me the sky was blue, I would look just to make sure.
Funny thing is, I've never once seen you denounce the Russians for anything, like they're constant violations of Turkish airspace, their bombing of at least 3 hospitals in Syria, their indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Syria, etc.

Hmmmm, very interesting.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:41 AM

8. Well, just as long as you aren't closed-minded about it . . .

 

(sigh)

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:42 AM

10. Talk about closed minded......................

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Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:31 AM

2. K & R

for truth

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:34 AM

4. Thank you, my friend . . .

 

Thank you very much

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:39 AM

5. Here is is shooting on both sides



I love this cartoon

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Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:39 AM

6. Kick

 

for a must-read.
Thanks another-liberal.

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Response to elias49 (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:42 AM

9. You are welcome . . .

 

Thank you.

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