What is truth?

Regular readers are no doubt familiar with Bilal Erdogan.

Bilal is the son of Turkish dictator President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is on the verge of kicking off World War III by invading Syria in what is sure to be an ill-fated effort to shore up rebel forces and preserve the Azaz corridor, the last remaining supply line for the opposition which is staging what amounts to a last stand at Aleppo.

Erdogan’s family was put under the microscope by the Russian defense ministry in the wake of Ankara’s decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 on the Syrian border in late November. “What a brilliant family business!,” Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoly Antonov remarked, at a press briefing documenting Turkey’s connection to Islamic State’s illicit oil trafficking operation.

For those who might have missed the backstory, you’re encouraged to read the following articles in their entirety:

Put simply, there are any number of reasons to believe that AKP and the Erdogan family are complicit in the sale of illicit crude not only from Massoud Barzani and the Iraqi Kurds, but from Islamic State as well.

ISIS oil and Erbil’s crude are both technically “undocumented” and considering that “the terrorists” are only producing around 45,000 b/d versus the 630,000 b/d the Iraqi Kurds are churning out, it’s easy for Islamic State’s product to get “lost” or to disappear as a rounding error, as it were.

Some say Bilal Erdogan is directly involved in getting ISIS crude to marketvia the Turkish port of Ceyhan, where tanker rates mysteriously spike around siginificant oil-related events involving Islamic State.

Bilal owns a Maltese shipping company which is almost certainly involved in the transport of stolen (and yes, regardless of whether the Iraqi Kurds’ claims to statehood are legitimate, they are for the time being anyway, stealing oil form Baghdad) Iraqi oil to global markets. The question is whether the same connections and routes used to transport Barzani’s oil are being used to transport Islamic State’s product.

We won’t recount the whole story here as you can read the entire account in the articles linked above, but we were amused to discover that Bilal Erdogan is now being investigated by Italian authorities for money laundering. “Prosecutors in Bologna have opened an investigation into the financial dealings of Bilal Erdogan, 35, who is currently living in the city with his family while he studies for a doctorate at an offshoot of Johns Hopkins University,” The Telegraph reports, adding that “the investigation was opened after Murat Hakan Uzan, a businessman and political opponent of the Erdogan family, made the allegations about money laundering to the Italian authorities.” Here’s more:

full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-18/bilal-erdogan-accused-money-laundering-italy

 

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