Erdogan Complicit in Massive Industrial Theft from Syria

Justice Minister with American Delegration September 2015 (photo by GDuff)
Justice Minister with American Delegration September 2015 (photo by GDuff)
Justice Minister with VT American Delegration September 2015 (photo by Gordon Duff)

… by  Gordon Duff, VT Senior Editor

The Syrian Minister of Justice, Najm al Ahmad, has begun an unprecedented process. He is using legal authority and international courts to address what has been the invisible dark side of Turkish intervention in Syria, the systematic looting of Syria’s industrial base.

Between 2012 and 2014, dozens of industrial facilities including automobile assembly plants from Aleppo and Idleb province were systematically dismantled and transported into Turkey including all machinery, parts inventories, even the light fixtures.

This wasn’t destruction, these factories were moved into Turkey, piece by piece, transported by heavy trucks where over an estimated $3 billion of Syria’s industrial base was given out, according to sources, to Turkish President Erdogan’s political supporters, members of the Turkish military and US backed “moderate rebels” whose leadership is believed to be fully complicit in what can only be termed “piracy” on an unprecedented scale.

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Northern Syria’s considerable industrial base is now in Turkey or sold off across Europe, concealed in the endless line of trucks that haul  goods from Turkey, the “sweatshop of Europe,” into the markets of Frankfurt, London and Paris.

From SANA:

Justice Minister Najm al-Ahmad issued a decision on Friday on expanding the tasks of the legal committee formed in August to prepare legal action against the terrorist gangs that dismantled industrial facilities in Aleppo and Idleb provinces and smuggled them to Turkey.

The new resolutions stipulates that, in addition to its original tasks of prosecuting any legal or natural persons that contributed to the aforementioned stealing of facilities, the committee is now tasked with preparing legal action on the cases related to the dismantling of industrial facilities in the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Raqqa, Hasaka, and Qamishli, and/or the stealing of any materials and equipment imported for facilities within Syria within the same provinces, and transporting them to Turkey.

Turkish “looting brigades” aided by Turkish military operating deep inside Syria and in full coordination with the Free Syrian Army, ISIS, Jabat al Nusra along with many leaders of Turkey’s business community.

Sources inside Turkey claim that President Erdogan was personally involved and received regular updates and a full accounting of goods stolen and how they were distributed because of his concern for “corruption.”

[ Editor’s Note: International media, despite this act of massive theft, not against Assad family wealth, but unfortunate Syrian families, is widely know through out the civilian and military intelligence and diplomatic communities. has not printed anything about it, nor has the UN or the ICC lifted a finger to put the spotlight on it.  And no, aliens did not steal it, earthlings did. You just can’t make this stuf up!… Jim W. Dean ]



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