BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIL) oil trade is in trouble after a series of gains by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the southern countryside of Al-Raqqa.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army liberated a half dozen oil fields from the Islamic State militants this morning, resulting in another big loss for the aforementioned terrorist group.

Making matters worse for the Islamic State, the Tiger Forces are pushing much further southeast in Al-Raqqa, as they enter more oil rich areas between these province and nearby Homs.

The Syrian Arab Army will likely continue to push south of Al-Raqqa in the coming days, which will further endanger ISIL’s oil trade and bastion in the central Syria.

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Miguel Redondo

One dumb question….
Whith whom are they trading oil ?
Which territory is involved in the transport?
Can they send truck convoys through syrian government territory? – not credible.
Through kurdish held territory into Turkey? That was the old route , still working? Only possible with USA consent.
Through Irak? Same, US-consent.

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You can bribe your way through every border and sanction, strangely enough, the oil trade seems to go over the Kurdish area to Turkey. Did you hear the two interviews with Dutch whistleblower Ronald Bernard? It is worthwhile.

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Very good questions Miguel. It was the first thought that crossed my mind after reading four words, “Islamic State’s (ISIL) oil trade…”!?

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Controlling vast desert areas 24/7 is a no go. Check points – unless in proximity of strong military garrisons – are undefendable. Air patrol is resource intensive. Strict ground patrol turns into bleeding own’s manpower – as opposed to bleeding the enemy that needs to wander in your controlled areas. Even “controlled area” is a vague concept, in the wait for setting up a widespread miltary+civil+intelligence surveillance network – hardly feasible on a frontline or a fresh-conquered territory. Long story short, smuggling through enemy territory is often possible – altough dangerous. As for trading partners, just pick your card: all… Read more »

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Through SAA and Turkish held areas?
Don’t you remember that MANY members of Ba’ath party were previously into smuggling oil from Iraq to Turkey during the embargo????
Sometimes SAA soldiers haven’t been paid for months and salaries are far to be motivating!
Briberies baby!

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Dario

Finally !!! Great work Tiger Forces !

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Assad must stay

Excellent news 🙂