LAFARGE, world leader of cement industry, had a deal with Daesh for 2 years

A French cement company based in the northeastern countryside of
Aleppo province is buying fuel and oil from the Islamic State, documents
obtained by Zaman al-Wasl showed.The data, emails and documents
revealed that Lafarge Cement Syria has been buying fuel from ISIS,
besides negligence of safety procedures for the 2500 workers in the
factory, as well as using dangerous chemical can be used for making
explosives and fuel for rockets, added to discrimination in paying
ransoms of millions of pounds to free Alawite abducted workers, ignoring
other abductees.Frederic Jolibois, CEO at Lafarge Cement Syria, refused to comment on
the summary letter sent by Zaman Al Wasl, “our company does not reply to
rumors and guessing” confirming that Lafarge was keen to protect
workers and safty was their priority, therefore they had evacuated to
plant situated in Jalibeh town, 160 km away from Aleppo, in September
2014.Zaman Al Wasl opens an investigation about Lafarge Cement Syria
company and publishes it in parts, in this part concentrating on the
relationship between the company and the Islamic State and the mediators
between both of them.Lafarge is a French industrial company specialising in three major products: cement, construction aggregates, and concrete.

July 10, 2015, Lafarge merged with Holcim, a Swiss cement company. On
July 15, the new company was officially launched around the globe under
the name of Lafarge-Holcim, creating a new leader in the Building
Materials sector. It has 2500 factory around the world in 90 countries
worth a profit of $32 billion a year, the number of worker reaches to
115 thousand workers.Lafarge Cement Syria was established in
Jalbiyeh town, between Ras Alain and Ayn al-Arab « Kobani », 160 km away
from Aleppo, production started in 2010 at volume between 2.5 and 3
million tonnes.Lafarge cement Syria is one of the largest French investments in
Syria after the boycott Syria suffers following assassination of Rafiq
Al-Hariri in 2005.Sources reported to Zaman Al Wasl that Lafarge
Cement Syria was founded from Syrian Cement company when the businessman
Firas Tlas under instruction from basher al-Assad agreed with the
Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris and his brother Nasiff, CEO of
Orascom Construction Industries. The two brothers agreed to establish a
cement plant under the name of “Syrian Cement”, partnership with Firas
Tlas. During constructing the plant, a merge between Orascom and Lafarge
took place, therefore the ownership of the factory in Syria was
transferred to the new merge, and Tlas’s share in Orascom had been
transferred to Lafarge.After announcing his support to
revolution, Firas Tlas was accused of funding terrorism and his share in
Lafarge was transferred to the ministry of Industry in Syrian
government.Zaman Al wasl has evidence about frequent dealing
between the Lafarge Cement Syria and Islamic State in regard to exchange
fuel and cement between them.In July 13, 2014, Mamdooh
al-Khalid, Manager of Lafarge Syria and sales manager, wrote to Bruno
Pescheux, General Manager of Lafarge warning him about buying Fuel from
non-governmental company in areas out of the regime’s control, as the
matter had become under light and too controversial at the time and if
the regime had discovered that the matter, it might have taken
procedure.On 14th of the same month, Pescheux replied to Mamdooh
and agreed on his points about illegal fuel buying and gave him points
to highlight in case the Syrian regime discovered that, and advised him
to mention that Lafarge had done its best to get fuel from the
government, and wondered about the previous requests for fuel from Homs
refinery.Moreover, Pescheux highlighted points to stick with in case of query
about the matter, like that fuel was very vital for the plant to work to
produce cement that sold the the company pay tax to the government,
moreover, the company used fuel only to run the factory, and did not
export it outside the country and the amount of fuel was too small
compared to the amount was smuggled outside the country, added to
difficulties in transporting fuel from Banyas refinery to Raqqa.On September 9, 2014, Ahmed.J, the connection between the Islamic State
and Lafarge Cement Syria, wrote an email with strong language demanding
paying an amount of 7 million adnd 655 thousand Syrian pounds to the
Islamic State, advising the company to appreciate that it dealt with the
strongest Islamic Army in the world, and advised the company not to
lose that advantage.The employee highlighted the point that relationship with Ahmed was
founded at the time of the former General manger Pescheux, the manager
of deals with contractors and armed groups.The French CEO replied
to his employees trying to calm him down, asking him to carry on
coordination with the Islamic State and pay the money and added “you do
not need to communicate with any other provider, and forward them to me
in case of any problem.”It seems that logistic and financial
relationship between Lafarge and the Islamic State was at different
levels, as the company besides buying fuel from ISIS, it had provided
the Islamic State cement to sell in market, according to a notification
stamped by the financial responsible in the Islamic state, ordering
barriers to let the holder of the notification to enter Aleppo with the
shipment, notifying to coordination between them and Lafarge company.The
notification mentioned the name of the driver, and his van’s number
besides the date of the permission and it was valid for one day only for
single entry.Our sources described the permission as a receipt with a serial number cut off a book of receipts.

mentioned that the relationship between Lafarge and most of the armed
group around the factory had been from long time ago and Jacob, the
Norwegian risk manager and who managed the relationship with the Islamic
State was the Jordanian young man Ahmed, who followed Jacob.Sources
mentioned that Ahmed’s Jordanian accent which was similar to Horan’s
people’s accent, made most of people think he was a Syrian from Daraa.Sources
mentioned that all deals and problems between the armed groups the
Lafarge Cement Syrian, were known by the main headquarter of the company
in France, which was notified officially of what was happening by
frequent messages.


By: Benoit Mussolin (7734.20)

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Location: Syria