Russian President Vladimir Putin made a startling revelation at the recently held G20 summit in Turkey, which had pretty much transformed into an anti terrorist meet in the backdrop of the terrorist attack in Paris. He announced that Russia had shared intelligence, including satellite and aerial images, with other G20 countries. He said “This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them.” The intelligence data or the names of the countries however weren’t made public.
It is estimated that ISIS makes nearly $50 million every month from the crude oil it produces from the captured oil well in Iraq and Syria.
“I’ve demonstrated the pictures from space to our colleagues, which clearly show the true size of the illegal trade of oil and petroleum products market. Car convoys stretching for dozens of kilometers, going beyond the horizon when seen from a height of four-five thousand meters,” Putin told reporters after the G20 summit.
Putin added “some armed opposition groups consider it possible to begin active operations against IS with Russia’s support. And we are ready to provide such support from the air. If it happens it could become a good basis for the subsequent work on a political settlement.”
Within a day of this announcement, the US said it has launched air strikes against ISIS refueling truck convoys, with nearly 166 trucks destroyed. Timing of these attacks is oddly suspicious. While earlier they refused to do this citing the possibility of high civilian causalities.