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US rejects Russian charge that Turkey buys IS oil

The US has strongly denied a Russian claim that Turkey's government, headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- pictured December 2, 2015 in Doha, Qatar -- buys smuggled Syrian oil from Islamic State jihadistsThe United States strongly denied Wednesday a Russian claim that the Turkish government buys smuggled Syrian oil from the Islamic State jihadist group. A State Department spokesman admitted that there was a longstanding issue of oil being illegally transported to Turkey from wells in what is now IS territory. “We reject, outright, the premise that the Turkish government is in league with ISIL to smuggle oil across its borders,” spokesman Mark Toner said.

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