Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime negotiated deals with the Islamic State’s oil tycoon that at one point contributed up to 72% of the militant group’s profit from natural resources, The Wall Street Journal reported this past weekend.
That is according to documents uncovered during a raid on the home of Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic State “oil minister” who was killed by US Special Forces at his compound in Syria’s Deir Ezzour province in May.
Abu Sayyaf’s division, which had successfully negotiatedagreements with the Assad regime to allow Islamic State trucks and pipelines to move from regime-controlled fields through territory controlled by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh, helped the jihadists bring in roughly $40 million a month in oil sales alone, according to documents seen by The Journal.
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