Al-Jazeera TV recently reported on the smuggling of oil from ISIS-controlled areas. According to the report, aired on November 8, authorities were investigating "how trucks carrying crude oil had been able to travel through ISIS-controlled areas, through Peshmerga posts, and to arrive at the city of Daquq, south of Kirkuk."
Following are excerpts:
Reporter: Investigations by Kurdish security forces into the scandal of crude-oil trading with the Islamic State organization have led to the arrest of eight Kurdish officers, according to Kirkuk police officials. Authorities are trying to uncover the circumstances surrounding this case, and how trucks carrying crude oil had been able to travel from ISIS-controlled areas, through Peshmerga posts, and to arrive at the city of Daquq, south of Kirkuk, where they joined hundreds of other trucks, transporting Iraqi crude oil from various areas to [Iran].
Sehad Qader, police commander in Kirkuk: Those who have been arrested were not high-ranking officials. They were low-ranking officers who had had limited authority in the areas where they were deployed. Anyone, regardless of his military rank or authority, will face the inquiry committee and military court.
Reporter: In order to get to the secret rout of this illegal trade, which is worth millions, we had to take this dirt road, following a Daquq police patrol, to a no-man's land between the Peshmerga and the Islamic State organization, where some deserted villages are located. We saw two trucks set alight by the Kurdish security forces and the Kirkuk police, in a joint effort to curb the oil trade of the Islamic State organization. However, we could not get any closer to the trucks because people were watching, and because we feared that the trucks were booby-trapped.