A former farmer in the Raqqa countryside pours crude oil bought in Deir al-Zor into a distilling pit, part of the refining process.
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Jihadis offer oil deals as air strikes hit outputFor those willing to try their luck – and test their fate – there are new deals to be had in the Isis oilfields of eastern Syria. In recent weeks the jihadi group has offered traders a licence to buy up to 1,000 barrels of oil at a time at the lucrative al-Omar oilfield, a deal that would have been unheard of before a US-led coalition launched an air campaign against its financial assets late last year.When it comes to oil, Isis is determined to stay in business.The changes have slowed sales and in a bid to make up for lost profits, Isis recently began offering what locals call a short-term "investment" opportunity: the trader pays for 1,000 barrels of crude up front, skipping the usual days-long wait for as little as 70 barrels at a time.The Deir Ezzor trucker said only three traders at al-Omar oilfield had been granted licences so far. Locals say they are from the area and partnered with Isis shortly after it seized the fields.
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