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    Almost exactly a year ago, the media world was abuzz when as we reported then, a picture posted by Ansar al-Din Front, an Islamic extremist brigade, and which promptly went viral showed a Ford F250 truck with a "Mark-1 Plumbing" decal on the door and a militant standing in the bed firing the anti-aircraft gun.


    And while most moved on quickly from this story, for one person the picture had a dramatic and scarring effect: the owner of said Mark-1 Plumbing company, a Texan by the name of Mark Oberholtzer, who as many know by now, is suing a Texas Ford dealership (Charlie Thomas Gord) for more than $1 million in financial losses and damages to his company's reputation, as a result of this pickup truck which he once owned, ending up with Islamic militants fighting in Syria's civil war.
    As CNN summarizes, "all Mark Oberholtzer wanted to do was upgrade his ride. What he got instead was a world of trouble from half a world away."


    "By the end of the day, Mark-1's office, Mark-1's business phone, and Mark's personal cell had received over 1,000 phone calls from around the nation," Oberholtzer's lawyer wrote in the lawsuit, filed December 9 in Harris County, Texas. "These phone calls were in large part harassing and contained countless threats of violence, property harm, injury and even death."
    Oberholtzer said this wouldn't have happened if the dealership had just removed the decals before the truck was resold, as he had demanded, thus serving as the basis for his lawsuit (attached below).
    But while we commiserate with Mr. Oberholzer, and wish him prompt restitution of damages as a result of unnecessary harassment, a far more important question is just how did Mark's 2005 Ford F250 Super Duty end up in under the control of the Islamic State.
    The answer would be critical, as it will provide a factual, tracable answer how it is that ISIS is if not funded (we know already revealed a critical part of that story), then supplied with equipment and perhaps weapons.
    The answer is stunning.
    This is what the plaintiff states in his lawsuit:


    According to a CARFAX Vehicle History Report (see Exhibit B), the vehicle was listed as a dealer vehicle sold at a Texas auto auction on November 11, 2013. On December 18, 2013 the vehicle was exported from Houston, Texas and imported to Mersin, Turkey.
    And here is the proof straight from CARFAX, provided in Exhibit B of Oberholzer's lawsuit:


    And the transaction history, with the relevant final clue highlighted:


    Presenting Mersin, Turkey, a stone's throw from the infamous port of Ceyhan and about a hundred miles from the territory of the Islamic State:


    Here is what happened:

    • On October 23, 2013, Mark Oberholtzer entered into a transaction with Charlie Thomas Ford, in which he traded-in his old 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck for a newer 2012 Ford F-250 pickup truck.
    • Promptly thereafter, the vehicle was listed as a dealer vehicle sold at a Texas auto auction on November 11, 2013
    • Less than a month later, on December 18, 2013 the vehicle was exported from Houston, Texas and imported to Mersin, Turkey.
    • Less than a year later it was in the documented possession of the Islamic State.

    So once again the "missing link" supplying ISIS emerges as none other than Turkey.
    For those to whom the Turkey-ISIS connection comes as a surprise, we urge you to reread:


    And while NATO-member Turkey supplying ISIS with funding, supplies, weapons or equipment is hardly groundbreaking news, the Ford "clue" poses new and important questions, such as:

    • who is the Turkish party that ordered and paid for the Ford truck's transfer to Turkey, and subsequently received compensation from the Islamic State in the subsequent resale?
    • which is the US party which transacts with Turkish counterparts, who ultimately ship US products to Islamic State fighters?
    • is the US party aware that its Turkish counterparty has dealings with ISIS
    • what is the role of the US government in all of this, because it would be surprising that an administration that has sworn it would crack down on all outside assistance to the Islamic State would be unaware that "made in the USA" trucks ended up in the Islamic State by way of its faitful NATO ally, Turkey.
    • how many other such vehicles sold in the US and exported to Turkey, have made their way to the Islamic State

    We are confident that it will be relatively easy for any aspiring reporter to track down the US-based exporter of the Ford truck (and thus recipient of Turkish funds), just as it will be facile to uncover who was the Turkish buyer who signed the receipt invoice in Mersin, Turkey. What may be more difficult to uncover is whether the governments of the US and Turkey, respectively, were or are appraised about transactions such as this one, and if not, then why not?
    We hope to be able to answer as many of the above as possible in the very near future.
    The full Oberholtzer vs Charlie Thomas Ford lawsuit is below.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-1...ded-isis-hands
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Will ISIL Regain its Financial Wealth?

    Column: Politics
    Region: Central Asia
    Country: Afghanistan

    As most people have already learned today, ISIL has been selling stolen oil to Turkey and the US to be able to finance its criminal activities. The US military chose to turn a blind eye to this illegal business, moreover, it made a step too far by actually protecting the oil infrastructure created by the Islamists. For long 14 months they have virtually done nothing to put an end to oil smuggling in Syria in Iraq, which allowed the Islamic State to get millions of dollars in profit. The White House said that they chose not to attack the illegal oil infrastructure “due to the high risks of environmental disaster.” These revelations have been published a fed days ago by the Washington Times, which mocks Washington’s official statement that was given in response to the remarks made by the Russian Defense Ministry that allowing terrorists to sell oil freely is a direct violation of a number of UN Security Council resolutions. In turn, Russia’s Air Forces have been inflicting some serious damage to ISIL in Syria over the last two months, effectively undermining the sources of its funding. This step has put Washington in a peculiar position, forcing it to start destroying oil facilities and vehicles run by the Islamic State in Iraq in a desperate attempt to avoid the imminent PR disaster. Under these conditions, while suffering huge human and financial losses due to the combined assault of Russia’s aircraft and Syrian regular troops, the Islamic State is now forced to turn its attention to other Muslim states, while seeking the possibility to get the cash flowing back in. That is why in November the leaders of ISIL began urgently planning the “active expansion” to Libya, that is rich in hydrocarbons, and Afghanistan. Although Afghanistan has no oil or gas reserves worth mentioning, ISIL still could use it as to replenish its rapidly vanishing financial wealth, since there’s a handful of ways to get serious money through different criminal activities there. As you must know, Afghanistan occupies the position of an international leader in the production and export of opiates in the world. Last year Afghanistan has sold 85% of all opium and 77% of all heroin in the world. Cultivation of opium is one of the key areas of economic activity in Afghanistan. In 2014 opium harvests in Afghanistan reached the staggering 6.4 tons, while the gross value of opium production amounts to 13% of the Afghan GDP. According to local officials, the terrorist groups that run this business receive an annual profit of 70 billion dollars, while the Taliban is getting a relatively small share of 2 billion dollars a year. Today 2.5% of the adult population of this Central Asian state are drug addicts, which is one of the highest rates in the world. Still, it keeps getting worse, as the vast areas where opium poppy has increased by the additional 7% this year, reaching 224 thousand hectares. The rate of opium production has also in just a year by 17%. A massive leap in the production and smuggling of opiates was observed immediately after the US invasion of Afghanistan, which has already been noted in a number of countries around the globe. The Taliban is playing the crucial role in ensuring that production and export of opiates from Afghanistan goes uninterrupted. The staggering profits that terrorists are getting from drug trade in Afghanistan is perceived by ISIL’s leaders as the perfect “opportunity” to establish a steady flow of funds landing in their pockets. Under these circumstances the bitter rivalry between the Taliban and the Islamic State is Afghanistan is perfectly understandable. ISIL is seeking ways to subdue other extremist groups to get as many militants in its ranks as it is possible. There is evidence that a group of ISIL militants has already established control over illegal drug trade in the Afghan province of Badakhshan. It’s often the case that the one who has more armed men under his command controls this increadibly profitable business in Afghanistan. And ISIL has everything it takes to get the upper hand in the fight with the Taliban to get take over the opiates business in Afghanistan. In this regard, it should be noted that the operation of the international coalition in the fight against ISIL has to do whatever it can to prevent this terrorist group from expanding its influence. The is an urgent need for the establishment of an appropriate coordinated effort of the international community to prevent the Islamic State from obtaining new sources of income in Afghanistan.
    First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/12/17/wi...ancial-wealth/
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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