The black market for oil is becoming a dangerous problem in Iraq and Syria. Accessing oil facilities is a key ISIS objective. With this independent source of funding ISIS will be difficult to dislodge.

By- Valerie Marcel*

While there have been reports of contributions to the coffers of Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) from Gulf donors, oil theft and sales from oil fields seized in Syria and Iraq allow ISIS to self-finance its activities to a large extent....