We have a report from China News Agency Xinhua, saying the Islamic State Minister responsible for oil was killed by Syrian government troops in fighting around the oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria. He goes by the alias of Abu al-Taim al-Saudi, the so-called “IS minister of oil.”
Reports also come out of the Pentagon and Washington today claiming that U.S. Special Operations forces carried out a major raid in the same region, killing a senior Islamic State leader who oversaw illicit oil production. One American military official described him as the Islamic State’s “emir of oil and gas.”
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Considering the fact that Syria is one of a small number of governments who are actually fighting ISIS in the Middle East, and they have claimed a victory similar to that which the US claimed later, could it be possible that the US is simply taking credit for an operation that was conducted by the Syrian military?
Xinhua News reports:
The Syrian government forces killed as many as 40 militants with the Islamic State (IS) group, including a commander responsible for oil-related affairs, in a “qualitative” operation in the oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, the official Syrian TV reported Saturday.
The Syrian troops killed the 40 militants near the al-Omar oil field in the countryside of Deir al-Zour, the TV said, adding that the so-called “IS minister of oil,” who goes by the alias of Abu al-Taim al-Saudi, was among those killed.
Throughout the last couple of years, the IS captured large swathes of Deir al-Zour, mainly in its countryside, where most of the country’s oil and gas fields are located.
Local media said the large portion of the IS finance comes from the illegal selling of the Syrian oil.
Meanwhile, the TV said the Syrian army thwarted the infiltration attempt of the IS militants in the countryside of the central province of Homs and the outskirts of the southern province of Swaida.
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