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rog Donating Member (301 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-05 10:37 AM
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4. Remember St. Eustatius, the Kurds, etc.?
Does anyone remember an article in the NY Post back in 2004 by John Crudele? At the end of the article he dropped this little gem:

"A source in the intelligence community tells me that the U.N. oil embargo of Saddam Hussein was worthless because Iraqi oil was being shipped all these years to a Caribbean island called St. Eustatius, unloaded into onshore tanks and then reloaded into U.S.-bound tanker ships.

"The same switcheroo is being done with Iranian oil, I'm told.

"Oh, and the source says Washington would rather nobody know about this."

The article is no longer at the NY Post, but it's archived at (I know) with the url to the original article cited.

What Are They Smoking at the Labor Dept.?
John Crudele, NY Post

There's also a GREAT article from 1999 that's still up at the BBC.

Iraq's Illegal Trade in Oil

Yep, the Kurds had a SWEET deal w/ Saddam. Basically they were supervising Iraq's illegal exports to Turkey.

This is a great article. Here are a few excerpts:

The BBC has found clear evidence that Iraq is breaking UN sanctions by exporting hundreds of millions of dollars worth of oil across its borders into the Gulf and Turkey. Huge convoys of trucks and many ships carry the fuel out of Iraq where it is sold on the black market.

Our correspondent Paul Adams has managed to get to the town of Dohuk, on Iraq's northern border, and reports on Saddam's huge trade in smuggled oil.

The mountains that dwarf the Kurdish town of Dohuk separate two worlds.

To the south, oil-rich Iraq, to the north, oil-thirsty Turkey.

Hard against the border, a tiny oil-metering station links these two worlds.

The road is black with oil.

To get into Iraq, drivers hand over a tonne and a half of supplies to the Kurds who control the border.

Contraband finds its way on to the streets of Dohuk. Smuggling between Iraq and Turkey is increasingly sophisticated. The Kurds act as the middlemen. No-one seems to mind.

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