This April 6, 2018 photo shows former farmer at a primitive refinery in a village controlled by a U.S-backed Kurdish group, in Rmeilan, Hassakeh province, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Driving along the roads of northeastern Syria, one would imagine there is a massive economic boom in the war-ravaged area.After seven years of war, infrastructure is broken down and antiquated, there is no investment in the fields and the fight over control of oil resources is far from over.The Syrian government has vowed to eventually retake all the oil fields, but for the time being there is a quiet arrangement between it and the Kurds.Over the past months, the Kurds and government forces raced to capture Daesh territory, both aiming for the country's biggest oil fields, in Deir al-Zor province.The Kurds got there first, seizing the fields from Daesh. The Kurds eventually may try to keep oil fields or use them as a bargaining chip in negotiations.
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