Turkey is financially supporting the ISIS terrorist group
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Turkey is facing fresh claims that it is financially supporting Islamic State by purchasing oil from the terrorist group at low prices.
Footage released by Russian spies appears to show trucks and tankers entering Turkey from the Iraqi border.
Kremlin officials have also claimed that oil tankers have been entering Turkey from the Syrian border.
Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy said: “The [aerial] imagery was made in the vicinity of Zakho [a city in Iraqi Kurdistan], there were 11,775 tankers and trucks on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border.
The Russian Airforce has destroyed 2,000 oil tankers in Syria since launching pro-Assad airstrikes in the war-torn country.
The illicit oil trade accounts for a huge proportion of ISIS finances, and cutting it off has become a priority in the battle against the Islamic terror group.
However the claim that Turkey is financially supporting ISIS by purchasing the oil at low prices is the latest allegation made by the Kremlin in its political dispute over a downed Russian aircraft.
The Russian fighter jet was shot down by Turkey on November 24.
Russia has been flying bombing missions against Syrian rebels and ISIS, but Turkey said the jet had violated its airspace.
The wreckage then landed in Syria however.
One pilot, named as Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshov, is believed to have been killed by Syrian rebels while his colleague, Captain Konstantin Murakhtin, was saved in an overnight operation by Russian special forces.
A helicopter originally sent to rescue them was also destroyed.