BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – For Syrian War observers, the capture of the Al-Omar oil fields by Kurdish militias might appear to be a strategic victory. Perhaps in Syria it is, but in the greater scheme of things throughout the region and in accordance statistical realities, this recent gain by Kurdish forces means very little at all.

That reality stands that whilst the Al-Omar field produced 7,500 barrels of oil per day before the Syrian War (about one-forth of the nationwide total), the Kirkuk and Bai Hasaan fields in Iraq, which have now been restored to the control of Baghdad produce – currently – a combined total of around 1.2 million barrels per day.

Prior to its recapture by Iraqi pro-government forces, the Kirkuk and Bai Hasaan fields provided Israel with 77 percent (Financial Times statistic for 2015) of its imported oil needs at very low prices. Needless to say, the Israeli government is very upset with Baghdad’s action over the last week.

Given the damage caused to the Al-Omar fields in the months preceding its surrender by ISIS, it would not be surprising if the energy site produces even one-tenth of its pre-war output which is, at full capacity, already dwarfed by a factor of almost 150 compared to the fully operational Kirkuk and Bai Hasaan fields in Iraq.

With these statistics being put into perspective, it can be seen that the Kurdistan cessation project – which all Western observers agree was only ever going to be possible if the Kurdish separatists possessed a major oil economy – has essentially died with Baghdad’s reclaiming of the oil fields north of Kirkuk.

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In any case, it is hard to see a future in which Kurdish militias in Syria are allow to possess the Al-Omar fields after ISIS is defeated given the United States’ response, or lack thereof, to Baghdad’s recent actions and the zero tolerance policies of other regional powers such as Iraq and Turkey (who have far more bargaining power with the US) towards the Rojava separatist ideal.

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So US ISIS one hands over the oil fields to US ISIS two.The Kurds from the Northern eastside are trash they kill christians and rape and enslave women

William
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To the author: your numbers are completely off. I have no idea where you got them. You imply that Omar produced only 7,500 b/d, where the 2011 output was closer to 30,000. Since you say it was a quarter of total output (so 30,000 b/d for Syria) you are also completely wrong: the number was closer to 300,000 b/d. Total output from Iraqi Kurdistan (before the Kurkuk operation) was 580,000 b/d, of which half came from Kurkuk and Bai Hassan. So you do the math: at best Omar is 1/10th the total output of Kurkuk-Bai Hassan. Syrian oil output before… Read more »
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There is no video evidence of this. It is fake news probably like had happened with the Jafra oil fields where the SDF reported that it had captured the Jafra oil fields just moments after the Syrian government forces said they would take them. It took 3 days for the so called SDF to arrive there and rekease the first images of the oil theft.

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This article would have relevance if the SDF and KRG were connected, which they are not.

In fact, they are hostile.

ziomalo6
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lol, nothing is done yet and by adding isis to sdf, sdf has signed death sentence on themselves 🙂 we will see another kirkuk scenario soon

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Well, considering that the Kurdish homeland of Rojava is at the NORTHERN border of Syria and the Omar fields are at the SOUTHERN border, it would be kind of weird if they were awarded the Omar fields in a court of international law. But then again, the courts are controlled by the US…

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So because The Kurds lost more oil production in Iraq than they gained in Syria it is alright that they steal what does not belong to them. What a stupid argument. Maybe because the Kurds “captured” the oil fields they have a right to keep them. So when Syria says give them back or we will take them then that is OK too.

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The SAA stood by, hands in pockets and let it happen. The Russians need to wake up, again.

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SAA was very good in “talking” but they lacked the resources. No bridge over the river at Mayadin, so they have (had?) to ferry by small boats and therefore cannot get enough men and equipment to the east side there. Had they attacked, they would have been wiped out by IS.

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