This kind of news could lead to Baghdad allowing Russian strikes over Iraq
Russian intelligence officers say they have spotted approximately 12,000 tanker trucks carrying oil parked at the Turkish-Iraqi border.
Russian intelligence identified the oil route during reconnaissance missions, and Russia says the vehicles’ final destination was Turkey. It is widely believed that most ISIS oil goes to Turkey and is sold at low prices there.
Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy said: “The [aerial] imagery was made in the vicinity of Zakho (a city in Iraqi Kurdistan), there were 11,775 tankers and trucks on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border. As many as 4,530 of them were on the territory of Turkey and 7,245 in Iraq,” according to a report on RT.com.
“It must be noted that oil from both Iraq and Syria come through this [Zakho] checkpoint,” Rudskoy added according to reports. A suggestion that this is a key ISIS oil route.
But the Iraq Kurds say it’s their oil and not Islamic State’s that’s parked at the border. Bloomberg reported:
Iraq Kurds say own oil pumped to Turkey, not Islamic State Crude.
Turkey closed border with Iraq during past few days due to war with Kurdish militants, causing long lines of oil tankers, Kifah Mahmoud, adviser to president of self-governed