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    Russia: Turkey's President 'Involved' in ISIS' Illegal Oil Trade
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    Russian top military officials speak to the media in front of an aerial images they say are oil trucks near Turkey’s border with Syria displayed by the Russian Defense Ministry at a briefing in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. The Russian Defense Ministry invited dozens of foreign military attaches and hundreds of journalists to reveal what they said were satellite and aerial images of thousands of oil trucks streaming from the IS-controlled deposits in Syria and Iraq into Turkish sea ports and refineries. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family of personally profiting from the oil trade with the IS. (AP Photo/Vladimir Kondrashov)

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family are "involved" in ISIS' illegal oil trade and personally benefit from it, Russia alleged Wednesday, NBC News reported.

    "Turkey is the main destination for the oil stolen from its legitimate owners, which are Syria and Iraq," Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told journalists in Moscow. "Turkey resells this oil."

    Antonov alleges the country's top political leadership, including President Erdogan and his family, is involved in the illegal business .

     

    Russian military officials displayed satellite images that they said showed columns of tanker trucks being loaded with oil at installations controlled by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and then crossing the border into Turkey.

     

    Antonov did not say what evidence Russia had of Erdogan's involvement — an allegation that the Turkish leader has previously denied.

    Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg