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The Syrian National News Agency headlined on February
26th, “Gold
deal between United States and Daesh”

(Daesh is ISIS) and reported that,

Information from local sources said that US army
helicopters have already transported the gold bullions under cover of darkness
on Sunday
[February 24th], before
transporting them to the United States.

The sources said that
tens of tons that Daesh had been keeping in their last hotbed in al-Baghouz
area in Deir Ezzor countryside have been handed to the Americans, adding up to
other tons of gold that Americans have found in other hideouts for Daesh,
making the total amount of gold taken by the Americans to the US around 50
tons, leaving only scraps for the SDF
[Kurdish]
militias that serve them [the U.S. operation].

Recently, sources
said that the area where Daesh leaders and members have barricaded themselves
in, contains around 40 tons of gold and tens of millions of dollars.

Allegedly, “US occupation forces in the Syrian
al-Jazeera area made a deal with Daesh terrorists, by which Washington gets
tens of tons of gold that the terror organization had stolen, in exchange for
providing safe passage for the terrorists and their leaders from the areas in
Deir Ezzor where they are located.”

ISIS was financing its operations largely by the theft
of oil from the oil wells in the Deir Ezzor area, Syria’s oil-producing region,
and they transported and sold this stolen oil via their allied forces, through
Turkey, which was one of those U.S. allies trying to overthrow
Syria’s secular Government and install a Sunni fundamentalist regime that would
be ruled from Riyadh (i.e., controlled by the Saud family)
. This gold is the property of the Syrian Government, which owns all
that oil and the oil wells, which ISIS had captured (stolen), and then sold.
Thus, this gold is from sale of that stolen black-market oil, which was Syria’s
property.

The U.S. Government claims to be anti-ISIS, but
actually didn’t even once bomb ISIS in Syria until Russia started bombing ISIS
in Syria on 30 September 2015, and the U.S. had actually been secretly arming
ISIS there so as to help ISIS and especially
Al Qaeda
(and the U.S. was
strongly protecting Al Qaeda in Syria
) to
overthrow Syria’s secular and non-sectarian Government. Thus, whereas Russia
started bombing
ISIS in Syria
on 30 September 2015, America (having become embarrassed)
started bombing ISIS in Syria on 16 November 2015. The U.S. Government’s
excuse was “This is our first
strike
against tanker trucks, and to minimize risks to civilians, we
conducted a leaflet drop prior to the strike.” They pretended it was out
of compassion — not in order to extend for as long as possible ISIS’s success
in taking over territory in Syria. (And, under Trump, on the night of 2 March
2019, the U.S. rained down upon ISIS in northeast Syria
the excruciating and internationally banned white phosphorous to burn
ISIS and its hostages alive, which Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had
routinely done to
burn alive the residents in Donetsk
and
other parts of eastern former Ukraine where voters had voted more than 90% for the democratically elected Ukrainian President whom Obama’s coup in Ukraine had replaced. It was a way to eliminate some of the most-undesired voters — people
who must never again be voting in a Ukrainian national election, not even if
that region subsequently does become conquered by the post-coup, U.S.-imposed,
regime. The land there is wanted; its residents certainly are not wanted by the
Obama-imposed regime.) America’s line was: Russia just isn’t as ‘compassionate’
as America. Zero Hedge aptly headlined “’Get Out Of Your Trucks And Run
Away’: US Gives ISIS 45 Minute Warning On Oil Tanker Strikes”
. Nobody exceeds the United States Government in sheer hypocrisy.

The U.S. Government evidently thinks that the public
are fools, idiots. America’s allies seem to be constantly amazed at how
successful that approach turns out to be. 

Indeed, on 28 November 2012, Syria News headlined “Emir
of Qatar & Prime Minister of Turkey Steal Syrian Oil Machinery in Broad
Daylight”
and presented video allegedly showing it (but unfortunately providing no authentication of
the date and locale of that video). 

Jihadists were recruited from throughout the world to
fight against Syria’s secular Government. Whereas ISIS was funded mainly by black-market
sales of oil from conquered areas, the Al-Qaeda-led groups were mainly funded
by the Sauds and other Arab royal families and their retinues, the rest of
their aristocracy. On 13 December 2013, BBC headlined “Guide to the Syrian rebels” and opened “There are believed to be as many as 1,000 armed opposition
groups in Syria, commanding an estimated 100,000 fighters.” Except in the
Kurdish areas in Syria’s northeast, almost all of those fighters were being led
by Al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch, al-Nusra. Britain’s Center on Religion &
Politics headlined on 21 December 2015, “Ideology
and Objectives of the Syrian Rebellion”
and reported: “If ISIS is defeated, there are at least 65,000 fighters
belonging to other Salafi-jihadi groups ready to take its place.” Almost all of
those 65,000 were trained and are led by Syria’s Al Qaeda (Nusra), which was protected
by the U.S.

In September 2016 a UK official “FINAL REPORT OF THE TASK
FORCE ON COMBATING TERRORIST AND FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL”
asserted that, “Over 25,000 foreign fighters have traveled to the
battlefield to enlist with Islamist terrorist groups, including at least 4,500
Westerners. More than 250 individuals from the United States have also joined.”
Even just 25,000 (that official lowest estimate) was a sizable U.S. proxy-army
of religious fanatics to overthrow Syria’s Government. 

On 26 November 2015, the first of Russia’s videos of
Russia’s bombing ISIS oil trucks headed into Turkey was bannered at a U.S.
military website “Russia Airstrike on ISIS Oil
Tankers”
, and exactly a month later, on 26
December 2015, Britain’s Daily Express headlined “WATCH: Russian fighter jets
smash ISIS oil tankers after spotting 12,000 at Turkish border”
. This article, reporting around twelve thousand ISIS oil-tanker trucks
heading into Turkey, opened: “The latest video, released by the Russian defence
ministry, shows the tankers bunched together as they make their way along the
road. They are then blasted by the fighter jet.” The U.S. military had nothing
comparable to offer to its ‘news’-media. Britain’s Financial Times
headlined on 14 October 2015, ”Isis
Inc: how oil fuels the jihadi terrorists”
. Only America’s allies were involved in this commerce with ISIS — no
nation that supported Syria’s Government was participating in this black market
of stolen Syrian goods. So, it’s now clear that a lot of that stolen oil was
sold for gold as Syria’s enemy-nations’ means of buying that oil from ISIS.
They’d purchase it from ISIS, but not from Syria’s Government, the actual owner.

On 30 November 2015 Israel’s business-news daily
Globes News Service bannered “Israel has become the main
buyer for oil from ISIS controlled territory, report”
, and reported:

An estimated 20,000-40,000 barrels of oil are produced
daily in ISIS controlled territory generating $1-1.5 million daily profit for
the terrorist organization. The oil is extracted from Dir A-Zur in Syria and
two fields in Iraq and transported to the Kurdish city of Zakhu in a triangle
of land near the borders of Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Israeli and Turkish
mediators come to the city and when prices are agreed, the oil is smuggled to
the Turkish city of Silop marked as originating from Kurdish regions of Iraq
and sold for $15-18 per barrel (WTI and Brent Crude currently sell for $41 and
$45 per barrel) to the Israeli mediator, a man in his 50s with dual
Greek-Israeli citizenship known as Dr. Farid. He transports the oil via several
Turkish ports and then onto other ports, with Israel among the main
destinations.

After all, Israel too wants to overthrow Syria’s
secular, non-sectarian Government, which would be replaced by rulers
selected by the Saud family
, who
are the U.S. Government’s main
international ally
.

On 9 November 2014, when Turkey was still a crucial
U.S. ally trying to overthrow Syria’s secular Government (and this was before the failed 15 July 2016
U.S.-backed coup-attempt to overthrow and replace Turkey’s Government
so as to impose an outright U.S. stooge), Turkey was perhaps ISIS’s most crucial international
backer
. Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s leader,
had received no diploma beyond k-12, and all
of that schooling was in Sunni schools and based on the Quran
. (He pretended, however, to have a university diploma.) On 15 July
2015, AWD News headlined “Turkish President’s daughter
heads a covert medical corps to help ISIS injured members”
. On 2 December 2015, a Russian news-site headlined “Defense Ministry: Erdogan and his
family are involved in the illegal supply of oil”
; so, the Erdogan family itself was religiously committed to ISIS’s
fighters against Syria, and they were key to the success of the U.S. operation
against Syrians — theft from Syrians. The great investigative journalist
Christof Lehmann, who was personally acquainted with many of the leading political figures in Africa and the Middle
East, headlined on 22 June 2014, “U.S. Embassy in Ankara Headquarter
for ISIS War on Iraq – Hariri Insider”
, and he reported that the NATO-front the Atlantic Council had held a
meeting in Turkey during 22-23 of November 2013 at which high officials of the
U.S. and allied governments agreed that they were going to take over Syria’s
oil, and that they even were threatening Iraq’s Government for its not
complying with their demands to cooperate on overthrowing Syria’s Government.
So, behind the scenes, this conquest of Syria was the clear aim by the U.S. and
all of its allies.

The U.S. had done the same thing when it took over
Ukraine by a
brutal coup in February 2014
: It
grabbed the gold. Iskra News in Russian reported, on 7 March 2014, that “At 2 a.m. this morning … an unmarked transport plane was on
the runway at Borosipol Airport” near Kiev in the west, and that, “According to
airport staff, before the plane came to the airport, four trucks and two
Volkswagen minibuses arrived, all the truck license plates missing.” This was
as translated by Michel Chossudovsky at Global Research headlining on 14 March,
“Ukraine’s Gold Reserves Secretly
Flown Out and Confiscated by the New York Federal Reserve?”
in which he noted that, when asked, “A spokesman for the New York Fed
said simply, ‘Any inquiry regarding gold accounts should be directed to the
account holder.’” The load was said to be “more than 40 heavy boxes.”
Chossudovsky noted that, “The National Bank of Ukraine (Central Bank) estimated
Ukraine’s gold reserves in February to be worth $1.8 billion dollars.” It was
allegedly 36 tons. The U.S., according to Victoria Nuland (Obama’s detail-person overseeing
the coup
) had invested around $5 billion in
the coup. Was her installed Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk cleaning
out the nation’s gold reserves in order to strip the nation so that the
nation’s steep indebtedness for Russian gas would never be repaid to Russia’s
oligarchs? Or was he doing it as a payoff for Nuland’s having installed him? Or
both? In any case: Russia was being squeezed by this fascist Ukrainian-American ploy.

On 14 November 2014, a Russian youtube headlined “In Ukraine, there is no more gold
and currency reserves”
and
reported that there is “virtually no gold. There is a small amount of gold
bars, but it’s just 1%” of before the coup. Four days later, Zero Hedge
bannered “Ukraine
Admits Its Gold Is Gone: ‘There Is Almost No Gold Left In The Central Bank
Vault’”
. From actually 42.3 tons just
before the coup, it was now far less than one ton. 

The Syria operation was about oil, gold, and guns.
However, most of America’s support was to Al-Qaeda-led jihadists, not to
ISIS-jihadists. As the great independent investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva reported on
2 July 2017
:

In December of last year while reporting on the
battle of Aleppo as a correspondent for Bulgarian media I found and filmed 9
underground warehouses full of heavy weapons with Bulgaria as their country of
origin. They were used by Al Nusra Front (Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria
designated as a terrorist organization by the UN)
.” 

The U.S. had acquired weapons from around the world,
and shipped them (and Gaytandzhieva’s report even displayed the
transit-documents) through a network of its embassies, into Syria, for
Nusra-led forces inside Syria. Almost certainly, the U.S. Government’s central
command center for the entire arms-smuggling operation
was the world’s largest embassy, which is America’s embassy in Baghdad.

Furthermore, On 8 March 2013, Richard Spenser of
Britain’s Telegraph reported
that
Croatia’s Jutarnji List newspaper had reported that “3,000 tons of
weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia have been sent in 75 planeloads
from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November. … The
airlift of dated but effective Yugoslav-made weapons meets key concerns of the
West, and especially Turkey and the United States, who want the rebels to be
better armed to drive out the Assad regime.”

Also, a September 2014 study by Conflict Armaments
Research (CAR), titled “Islamic State Weapons in Iraq and
Syria”
, reported that not only
east-European, but even U.S.-made, weapons were being “captured from Islamic
State forces” by Kurds who were working for the Americans, and that this was
very puzzling and disturbing to those Kurds, who were risking their lives to
fight against those jihadists.

In December 2017, CAR headlined “Weapons of the Islamic State” and reported that “this materiel was rapidly captured by IS forces,
only to be deployed by the group against international coalition forces.” The
assumption made there was that the transfer of weapons to ISIS was all
unintentional.

That report ignored contrary evidence, which I summed
up on 2 September 2017 headlining “Russian TV Reports U.S.
Secretly Backing ISIS in Syria”
, and
reporting there also from the Turkish Government an admission that the U.S. was
working with Turkey to funnel surviving members of Iraq’s ISIS into the Deir
Ezzor part of Syria to help defeat Syria’s Government in that crucial
oil-producing region. Moreover, at least one member of the ‘rebels’ that the
U.S. was training at Al Tanf on Syria’s Jordanian border had quit because his
American trainers were secretly diverting some of their weapons to ISIS.
Furthermore: why hadn’t the U.S. bombed Syrian ISIS before Russia entered the Syrian
war on 30 September 2015? America talked lots about its supposed effort against
ISIS, but why did U.S. wait till 16 November 2015 before taking action, “’Get Out Of Your Trucks And Run
Away’: US Gives ISIS 45 Minute Warning On Oil Tanker Strikes”

So, regardless of whether the U.S. Government uses
jihadists as its proxy-forces, or uses fascists as its proxy-forces, it grabs
the gold — and grabs the oil, and takes whatever else it can. 

This is today’s form of imperialism. Grab what you
can, and run. And call it ‘fighting for freedom and democracy and human rights
and against corruption’. And the imperial regime’s allies watch in amazement,
as they take their respective cuts of the loot. That’s the deal, and they call
it ‘fighting for freedom and democracy and human rights and against corruption
around the world’. That’s the way it works. International gangland. That’s the
reality, while most of the public think it’s instead really “fighting
for freedom and democracy and human rights and against corruption around the
world.” For example, as RT
reported on Sunday
, March 3rd, about John Bolton’s
effort at regime-change in Venezuela, Bolton said: “I’d like to see as broad a
coalition as we can put together to replace Maduro, to replace the whole
corrupt regime,’ Bolton told CNN’s Jake Tapper.” Trump’s regime wants to bring
clean and democratic government to the poor Venezuelans, just like Bush’s did
to the Iraqis, and Obama’s did to the Libyans and to the Syrians and to the
Ukrainians. And Trump, who pretends to oppose Obama’s regime-change policies,
alternately expands them and shrinks them. Though he’s slightly different from
Obama on domestic policies, he never, as the U.S. President, condemn’s any of
his predecessors’ many coups and invasions, all of which were disasters for
everybody except America’s and allies’ billionaires. They’re all in on the take.

The American public were suckered into destroying Iraq
in 2003, Libya in 2011, Syria in 2011-now, and so many other countries, and
still haven’t learned anything, other than to keep trusting the allegations of
this lying and psychopathically vicious and super-aggressive Government and of
its stenographic ‘news’-media. When is enough finally enough? Never? If not
never, then when? Or do most people never learn? Or maybe they don’t
really care. Perhaps that’s the problem.

On March 4th, the Jerusalem Post bannered “IRAN AND TURKEY MEDIA PUSH CONSPIRACY
THEORIES ABOUT US, ISIS: Claims pushed by Syrian regime media assert that US
gave ISIS safe passage out of Baghuz in return for gold, a conspiracy picked up
in Tehran and Ankara”, and simply assumed that it’s false — but
provided no evidence to back their speculation up — and they closed by
asserting “The conspiracies, which are manufactured in Damascus, are
disseminated to Iraq and Turkey, both of whom oppose US policy in eastern
Syria.” Why do people even subscribe to such ‘news’-sources as that? The key
facts are hidden, the speculation that’s based on their own prejudices replaces
whatever facts exist. Do the subscribers, to that, simply want to be
deceived? Are most people that stupid?

Back on 21 December 2018, one of the U.S. regime’s top
‘news’-media, the Washington Post, had headlined “Retreating ISIS army
smuggled a fortune in cash and gold out of Iraq and Syria”
and reported that “the Islamic State is sitting on a mountain of stolen
cash and gold that its leaders stashed away to finance terrorist operations.”
So, it’s not as if there hadn’t been prior reason to believe that some day some
of the gold would be found after America’s defeat in Syria. Maybe they just
hadn’t expected this to happen quite so soon. But the regime will find ways to
hoodwink its public, in the future, just as it has in the past. Unless
the public wises-up (if that’s even possible).

Author’s note: first posted at strategic-culture.org


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