Israel buys Smuggled Iraqi Oil, Joins U.S. Push for Kurdish State
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The creation of an independent Kurdish State is a foregone conclusion, said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, whose attempt to push Iraq’s al-Maliki administration to “create” an unconstitutional “national unity government” was rejected by al-Maliki. Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara is said to be supervising the ISIL war on Iraq. Turkey’s AKP government “supports” an independent Kurdish State and turns a blind eye to the smuggling of stolen Iraqi oil to Israel.
Kurdish militants from Iraq’s U.S.-created Kurdish Administrated North seized the region around Kirkuk while the Iraqi armed forces and the government of P.M. Nouri al-Maliki were fending of ISIS brigades push towards the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Kurdish “president” Massoud Barzani, Turkey’s AKP government as well as western and Gulf-Arab press agencies are peddling the ISIS campaign and Massoud Barzani’s “push for Kurdish independence” as two loosely related phenomena. The situation in Iraq is largely peddled as based on sectarian and ethnic conflicts.
Omissions and Distortions. Peddling the Balkanization of Iraq. Media are omitting information about the involvement of all of the above in planning both the ISIS campaign and the Kurdish “push for independence” for over one year.
A person close to the former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri revealed that the campaign, which was already planned for August 2013, was stalled when the U.K. parliament voted against bombing Syria, giving the Syrian Army a chance to dislodge ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusrah from the oil rich region around Deir Ez-Zor in August – September 2013.
U.S. Neo-Con & Neo-Lib – Israeli Alliance and Atlantic Council Compare Current Situation with 1914 and 1945. The final green light for the 2014 ISIS campaign was reportedly given in November 2013 at the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in Ankara, after the al-Maliki administration in 2012 and 2013 failed to respond to U.S. blackmail attempts with regards to Syria and with regards to Kurdish “independence”.
A person close to former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri said during an almost two-hour-long conversation, that Saad Hariri, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, Kurdish Energy Minister Hawrami, former Clinton security adviser and Atlantic Council member Scowcroft and others were expecting that the Kurdish State could have been established in 2013 already.
In 2013 the project failed when the U.K. Parliament voted against bombing Syria which gave the Syrian government the possibility to defeat ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusrah in Syria’s oil-rich eastern region around Deir Ez-Zor. He added that al-Maliki had been put under intense pressure from both Ankara and Washington to stop aiding Syria by controlling Iraq’s border to Saudi Arabia, and under a lot of pressure to accept Kurdish independence. The project should have been completed in 2013. The final decision for the ISIS campaign in 2014, was taken at the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in November 2013 in Ankara, he stressed, describing the network behind the initiative and asserting that the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is the headquarter for the ISIS operation against Iraq.
“Who exactly pressured Obama? I don’t know who delivered the message to Obama. I suspect Kerry had a word. It’s more important from where the message came, Kissinger, Scowcroft, Nuland and the Keagan clan, Stavridis, Petreaus, Riccardione, and the neo-con crowd at the [Atlantic] Council. … As far as I know ´someone` told Obama that he’d better pressure al-Maliki to go along with Kurdish autonomy by November or else. Who exactly ´advised` Obama is not as important as the fact that those people let him know that they would go ahead, with, or without him”.
It is against the background of these disclosures, against the background of the ongoing ISIS campaign, the seizure of Kirkuk by Kurdish militants, that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, earlier this week, attempted to pressure al-Maliki into establishing an unconstitutional “unity government”.
After Kerry left Baghdad, al-Maliki addressed the Iraqi people in his weekly, televised speech, saying:
“The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process. … It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the voters of the votes”.
Kerry’s and the U.S.’ response to al-Maliki’s rejection was to stress that the U.S., in this case, would not send additional military advisers. It is noteworthy that these “advisers”, whose only task is to monitor the Iraqi forces battles against ISIS militants, are a potential security risk for Iraq. A less euphemistic way of describing these “advisers” would be to say ” 300 U.S. military personnel who monitor the Iraqi military’s fight against U.S. backed ISIS brigades”.
Israel Joins the Choir for Kurdish Independence, Imports Stolen, Smuggled Iraqi Oil via Turkey. On Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman joined the international effort to peddle the Balkanization of Iraq as “Kurdish Independence”. Addressing the press after a meeting with John Kerry in Paris, Avigdor Lieberman said:
“Iraq is breaking up before our eyes and it would appear that the creation of an independent Kurdish State is a foregone conclusion”.
Lieberman was preceded by Israeli President Shimon Perez on Wednesday, when he styled a message to U.S. President Obama and a misinformed Western public, saying:
“The Kurds have de facto created their own state, which is democratic. One of the signs of democracy is the granting of equality to women”.
Perez’ statement came after ABC and CNN top-propagandist Christine Amanpour interviewed “president” Massoud Barzani, peddling the creation of an independent Kurdish State as unavoidable and “fulfillment of long-held aspirations”.
The British “the guardian” joined the choir, quoting the Kurdish head of the economic committee in Iraq’s national parliament as saying:
“Kirkuk will finally produce oil for Kurds, For 70 years oil has been used to buy weapons to kill us, finally we have our oil and it will only be for the Kurds”.
Being a good guardian, “the guardian” forgot to mention that Israeli clients have bought Iraqi oil that was smuggled via the Kirkuk – Ceyhan pipeline to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey without the permission of the Iraqi government for some time; more specifically, since the plans adopted at the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in Ankara, in November 2013 became implemented by Irbil and Ankara.
In May 2014 the Israeli import of stolen and smuggled Iraqi oil became so blatantly obvious that even the Reuters news agency could no longer omit the theft of Iraqi resources. May 15, 2014, Julia Payne and Ron Bouso published in Reuters:
Israeli and U.S. oil refineries have joined the growing list of customers for crude from Iraqi Kurdistan, a region locked in a bitter struggle with the central government in Baghdad that says the sales are illegal.
Israel’s Energy Ministry refused to comment. The Kurdish Energy Ministry under Energy Minister Hawrami, who participated in the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in November, and who according to the informant close to Hariri was part of planning the ISIS operations since 2013, rejected that the Kurdish administration had sold the oil to Israel, directly or indirectly.
Payne and Bouso, however, cite the Geneva-based Mocoh trading company as stating that the Baltic Commodore arrived in the Israeli port of Ashkelon with Iraqi Shaikan crude on January 31, 2014. Mocoh refers to the vessel’s tracking record. Payne and Bouso also report that Trafigura sent a cargo of Kurdish crude to Israel on the Hope A, which first went to Ashkhelon and then to Haifa between February 10 – 15.
The Kriti Jade, loaded with “Kurdish” crude in Turkey, sailed to Ashkhelon on March 3 and to Haifa a few days later. The Kriti Sea reportedly picked up “Kurdish” oil from Turkey around Mach 5, and anchored off Limassol, Cyprus without discharging crude, report Payne and Bouso, adding that Petraco lifted both cargoes. The Kriti Sea then, still laden, headed towards Israel. The ship’s tracking was switched off between May 17 – 20 near the Israeli coast. When it reappeared, still close to the Israeli coast, the tanker was empty.
Ch/L – nsnbc 27.06.2014