Islamic State builds its economy on Syrian ashes

A Kurdish fighter observes amount of destruction in Kobane city after its liberation from ISIS militants. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – On Wednesday, militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) destroyed the French Lafarge plant of Cement, which is located between Kobane and the town of Ain Issa in Jalabiya in northeastern Syria. 

Local sources told ARA News that the radical group blew up the plant after evacuating its contents and transferring them to the city of Raqqa, the IS main stronghold in Syria. 

The IS gunmen reportedly bombed tunnels of the plant’s electricity network, which extend down the plant, southeast of Kobane. The blast led to the destruction of 80% of the plant. 

The Lafarge Cement Company was founded nearly seven years ago, and was considered one of the largest industrial investments in Syria, as it used to cover more than a third of the local market’s need of cement.

In this regard, Syrian economist Dr. Muslim Talas told ARA News: “The IS power is meant to destroy, and no one heard about any constructions or economic projects by this radical group, so what happened to the cement company was not surprising.

“These barbarians are destroying the accumulation of generations. Bombing this plant is part of their atrocities against humanity,” he argued. 

“After losing ground in Kobane, the terror group is trying to take revenge on the region through the destruction of such valuable facilities.”  

Speaking to ARA News, Sherwan Khalas, the network manager of Rocher Company, said that bombing the plant would negatively affect the economic reality in the region, and may lead hundreds of families to the specter of unemployment.

“This terrorist group is building its economy on the ashes of Syria,” he said. 

The plant’s protection has moved from the Syrian state to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in September 20, 2014, before IS took it over. 


Reporting by: Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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