The Kurdish People’s Protection Units are waging a successful campaign against Daesh forces in Syria, targeting the terrorist movement’s primary source of income.
“Turkey was always against us – they were hostile from the start. They stopped anything from crossing the border: medicine, food, goods,” head of the Kurdish Energy Organization Suleiman Khalef told RT.
In an attempt to satisfy their need for fuel, the Kurds managed to construct makeshift oil refineries. These facilities can only be used to successfully produce low-quality diesel fuel and petrol, so the Kurds simply store oil waste they can’t refine in the open for later use.
According to RT, several years ago the Kurds used to control only about 1,000 oil pumps, but since then this number has tripled as the YPG keeps dislodging Daesh forces from the oil production facilities and depriving the terrorist movement of a sizeable portion of its revenues.
Daesh forces have been relying heavily on revenues from the black-market sales of drugs, smuggled crude oil and human trafficking. According to an assessment made by Adam Szubin, a US Treasury official, in December, the Daesh militants are earning up to $40 million per month selling oil stolen from production facilities in Syria, and have gained up to $500 million in total from their illegal oil trade.