The main source of income for ISIS is illegal sale of oil. This finance war and terror in Syria and Iraq, and terrorism abroad, like in Beirut and Paris.
To achieve this sale, they must have help, and it is fairly obvious that Turkey is the main guarantor of this. It happens close up to the Turkish border in an area Turkey has tried to control.
As President Vladimir Putin told RT:
"IS has big money, Hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling oil. In addition they are protected by the military of an entire nation. One can under stand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly. Why they kill people in such atrocious ways. Why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including the heart of Europe."
But there are of course also people and companies behind this. And it seems it's all in the family.
While dad Recep Erdogan dreams of becoming the sultan for a neo-Ottoman empire, son Bilal Erdogan ensures that the family gets filthy rich on oil trading with IS.
Bilal Erdoğan owns several shipping companies and maritime companies. He reportedly has agreements with European companies to sell stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil to various countries in Europe and Asia.
Gürsel Tekin, who is vice president of the Republican People's Party CHP in Turkey, claims that Bilal Erdoğan is up to his neck in complicity with terrorism, but as long as his father holds office he will be immune from any judicial prosecution.
On social media in Turkey, there are pictures of Bilal Erdoğan in very friendly passiar with renowned ISIS leaders.
The president's daughter, sumeyye Erdoğan, runs a hospital, taking care of wounded IS-soldiers.
And the President's son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, has been appointed Energy Minister, which must be a key position when it's about illegal sale of enormous amounts of oil.
Russia's bombing of ISIS' oil-pipeline-on-wheels is clearly a direct threat, not only to the structure of IS, but also to the Erdogan family's lucrative black market for oil.
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