Islamic State seizes second gas field in Syria this week

A worker walks in the Ebla natural gas plant near Homs, northeast of Damascus. (Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri)RT

Islamic State militants claim to have gained control of the Jahar gas field in central Homs province from the Syrian army.

The militants posted pictures on social media boasting of the capture, which they now consider part of their ‘Caliphate.’ The photos depict an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) flag raised over the field as well as captured Syrian tanks and weapons, says SITE, a jihadist web monitoring service.  

IS says they have captured two tanks, seven four-wheel drive cars, and several machine guns after clashes with regime forces.

Last Thursday, the insurgents took control of the Sha’ar gas field, where they killed at least 30 pro-government soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The militants had taken control of the field back in July before the Syrian army temporarily recaptured it.



“So after the [Sha’ar] company and the [positions] surrounding it became part of the land of the caliphate, the soldiers advanced, conquering new areas, and all praise is due to Allah,” the Islamic State said in a message.

The jihadists have been making a killing with revenues from stolen oil fields and refineries seized in Iraq and Syria over the summer and early autumn. US officials and terrorism experts estimated that profits hovered around $2 million a day in September, before the US-led airstrike campaign on IS strongholds, which is thought to have slashed profits by 70 percent, according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency.

However, most of the airstrikes have so far targeted oil and gas fields on Syrian territory rather than Iraq.

In cooperation with the US, Canada also dropped bombs on purported IS positions near besieged Kobani on Sunday. Though airstrikes have cut into the IS business model, they have so far done little to halt the Sunni extremists’ offensive.

One thought on “Islamic State seizes second gas field in Syria this week

  1. This story being pushed by the CIA is to be stored in the back of the minds of those Americans who read it. In a couple of days US airstrikes will destroy this oil refinery belonging to Syria further damaging Assads finances. When you hear about the airstrikes on this oil facility the sheeple will say …”Oh! That was an ISIS money machine and needed to be taken out”. Do you see how this US plan is moving step by step? Very calculated…very sneaky!! I understand one thing now about US foreign policy. You have to have a boogeyman. Someone to go after militarily. It gives the US permission to do anything if there’s a boogeyman. Even if the CIA has to make one up.

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