Germany's weekly news magazine Der Spiegel (The Mirror) analyzed individually every satellite image displayed at the Russian briefing last Wednesday allegedly showing 'proof' of Turkey-Daesh oil trade.
In the analytical report published on the web, Der Spiegel specified all the locations and dates of the satellite images shown by Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov.
At a briefing in Moscow on December 2, organized by Antonov, Russian defense ministry officials and the public were shown satellite images which 'revealed' columns of tanker trucks loading oil at installations controlled by Daesh in Syria and Iraq, and then crossing over the border into neighboring Turkey. Antonov had claimed that Turkey was trading oil with Daesh on an 'industrial level'.
Subsequently, the U.S. had said that it rejected the premise that the Turkish government was in league with the militants to smuggle oil. "We frankly see no evidence, none, to support such an accusation," State Department spokesman Mark Toner had said.
Later on, Sherko Jawdat the chairman of the KRG Parliament's Energy Committee, had said on Thursday that the oil tankers shown in the aerial photos and footage presented by Russia as evidence of the alleged trade are in fact carrying oil from the KRG to Ceyhan terminal in southern Turkey.
Furthermore, KRG spokesman Safin Dzayi had said his government was saddened by Russian accusations, adding that "Russia's explanations are based on wrong sources" as it strongly rejected Russian accusations.Dzayi explained that the oil extracted from the Duhok and Badinan regions is largely shipped to Turkey through pipelines, and the remaining amount is being shipped with tankers.
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