Assad’s coffers take a mighty big hit.
ISIS declared an “Islamic caliphate” in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq, where it is spearheading an offensive against government troops.
“ISIS took control of the Tanak oil field, located in the Sheiytat desert area in the east of Deir al-Zor province,” late Thursday after rival rebels withdrew, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Earlier that day the jihadists seized the major Al-Omar oil field.
But they have still not captured the tiny Al-Ward oil field thatvproduces barely 200 barrels of oil per day and is in the hands of a local tribe, said Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman.
ISIS seized Tanak and Al-Omar after rival fighters from Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and other Syrian rebel groups withdrew from those areas, said the Observatory.
In January, Nusra Front and other Islamist militants turned their guns on the jihadists, as they swept across Syria imposing their hegemony and brutal abuse.