ISIS, the jihadist terrorist group that has seized a huge swath of land stretching from Syria to Iraq, has taken control of Syria’s largest oil field from another terrorist group with ties to Al Qaeda.
The terrorist group which fought side-by-side with Syrian rebels and the Al Nusra Front to topple Syria’s government until the alliance imploded, now controls Al-Omar, in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, according to the opposition group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Control of Syria’s most productive oil field could be a potentially valuable resource for funding its terror operations and the Islamic caliphate is claims to have established.
“We took it (the oil field) over without any fighting,” a purported commander of the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria/Levant said on a YouTube video released by ISIS supporters. “They fled like rats.”
Led by an ambitious Iraqi militant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS this week unilaterally declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in the lands it has seized in Syria and Iraq. It proclaimed al-Baghdadi the head of its new self-styled state and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him.