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Jan 20, 2015

Fuelling The Islamic State Economy

Fuelling The Islamic State Economy

Residents of Kafr Hamra, a town in the rural Aleppo countryside, refine crude oil in makeshift cottage refineries in warehouses and backyards for heating, operating bakeries and even running cars, just like most locals across rebel-held areas of Syria. The state no longer pumps gasoline to areas in rebel hands, and civilians have resorted to buying crude oil from armed groups who have taken over major oil producing areas in the east since 2012. Islamic State is currently in control of oil wells, and civilian middlemen now buy crude from the group before reselling it to locals, but the practice predates Islamic State's capture of oil wells from rival groups.

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A damaged petrol station is seen in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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Men manage a make-shift oil refinery in the Aleppo countryside NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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Fuel is processed inside a make-shift refinery in the Aleppo countryside NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A man pours refined fuel from a barrel inside a damaged non-functioning petrol station in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A man pours crude oil into a tank inside a make-shift refinery in the Aleppo countryside NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A pick-up truck carries fuel barrels for sale in the Aleppo countryside NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A man sells fuel from oil barrels in the Aleppo countryside NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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Barrels of fuel are displayed for sale inside a damaged non-functioning petrol station in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A boy walks past barrels of fuel displayed for sale inside a damaged non-functioning petrol station in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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Barrels of fuel are displayed for sale inside a damaged non-functioning petrol station in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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Barrels of fuel are displayed for sale inside a damaged non-functioning petrol station in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A man drains refined fuel from a barrel displayed for sale inside a damaged non-functioning petrol station in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A man counts money inside a make-shift refinery in the Aleppo countryside NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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Children warm themselves next to an open fire beside fuel barrels, engine oil and accessories displayed for sale in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A vendor pours fuel from a barrel inside his vehicle in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A man displays fuel for sale in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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A man rides a motorcycle past a fuel vendor in Aleppo STRINGER/Reuters

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Barrels filled with fuel are displayed for sale in Aleppo NOUR KELZE/Reuters

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