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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.
Declining oil revenues helped put Syria on the path to civil unrest and, ultimately, war. But now, from the oil and gas producing regions of eastern Syria to the urban centers of Damascus and Homs, even marginal levels of oil and gas production have a major impact for Syrians on the ground.
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