US-led airstrikes have targeted IS-linked oil and gas infrastructure in Syria.

They just want Syria’s oil.” Despite the uncomfortable reality that Syria has few resources to offer any perceived conqueror, local conspiracies posit that oil and gas is a central factor motivating the entry of US-led coalition warplanes into the Syrian melee. In fact, Syria suffered from years of decline in its oil sector even prior to the outbreak of war in 2011, which then reduced oil and gas production to a mere trickle. (CONTINUED - 1114 WORDS)