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DUHOK – The extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) has recruited thousands of workers with experience in the oil industry to help the group keep crude pumping from the wells of the ISIS-held oil fields in Syria and Iraq.
The ‘Iraq Oil Report’ on Monday published a new report providing details on the ISIS oil operations in the region, saying that documents captured in a recent U.S. raid confirmed that the radical group has employed more than 2,000 workers to pump crude from at least 200 wellheads in Syria and Iraq.
ISIS has reportedly offered competitive salaries to its oil workers in order to keep its crude flowing and to maintain its oil revenue despite the airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
The majority of the workers came from foreign countries, the report said.
According to the records released by the U.S. government, the intensive airstrikes against ISIS’s oil fields and tactical units could not prevent the group from keeping its crude oil flowing.
Experts recruited by ISIS have repeatedly fixed facilities just a few days after being hit by the coalition’s airstrikes. Some of the wells continued producing despite the damage.
The radical group’s revenue from oil production reaches $40 million per month. According to ‘Iraq Oil Report’, ISIS produces about 70,000 barrels per day.
By: Lorin Silo