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Kurdistan

First Kurds arrested for smuggling ISIS oil

By Alexander Whitcomb 13/11/2014
Eleven oil smugglers have been arrested by Kurdistan Region authorities.
Eleven oil smugglers have been arrested by Kurdistan Region authorities.
ERBIL - Eleven people have been arrested for smuggling oil produced by the Islamic State (ISIS) through the Kurdistan Region, a senior Kurdish security official announced on Thursday. 

Kurdistan Regional Government Interior Minister Karim Sinjari told reporters in Erbil that "so far we have captured 11 individuals charged with smuggling oil with ISIS and our investigation will continue."

He added that "it's still early to reveal their names and the court will decide when to reveal them."

Analysts estimated ISIS was earning as much as $3 million a day in oil sales from fields in Iraq and Syria, although a German intelligence agency reported that this figure was probably closer to $274,000 a day, especially after US-led coalition air strikes to hit oil production and refinery targets in ISIS territory.  

Since ISIS toppled Mosul and gained control of a third of Iraq in June, various reports emerged of Kurdish oil traders smuggling oil from ISIS areas in Iraq and Syria into Turkey, Iran, or the Kurdistan Region itself for sale.  

Prime Minister Nechervan Barzani told reporters on Wednesday that “smuggling oil to ISIS is considered high treason,” and that his government had “pursued every legal recourse to prevent that.”

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Traitors need to be put down | 13/11/2014
Make a good example out of this traitor bastard. Execution and nothing less for this vermin. Biji Peshmerga, biji Gerilla, biji Kurd u Kurdistan!!!!!!
elliott | 13/11/2014
They are national traitors, supporting the enemy. Unfortunately there are always people ready to sell their country, children, family and friends for a few dollars :( In time of war such treachery should be punished by death.
Barzan | 13/11/2014
Life sentences! The lot of them!
kurt basar | 13/11/2014
Hang all of them very high for the sake of our Ezidy sisters who are raped and sold to the slavery by the ISIL Muslim criminals who are the bastards of the Muawiya, hang them high for our sisters who are killed by the ISIL Muslim savager during defense of the Kobane. WE OWE THEM
@KURDISH_BOSS | 13/11/2014
this is a high treason and should be hanged.Kurdistan needs to watch out and not fight for Mosul because you might be able to win but won't be able to control it as everybody in Mosul support isis.america is using us to defeat isis and only we suffer and they gain
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