Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Isis takes key Syrian oil field

Activists say fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) have taken control of Syria's largest oil field, near the border with Iraq.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the extremist group has captured al-Omar oil field in eastern Deir el-Zour province after fighters belonging to a rival group, the al Qaida-linked Nusra Front, left without firing a bullet.

The al-Omar field has changed hands several times in the course of Syria's three-year conflict. The Nusra Front and several other Islamic factions captured it from forces loyal to president Bashar Assad in November.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized a large expanse of territory in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, and has declared the establishment of an Islamic state astride the border.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph