Inside Isis Inc: The journey of a barrel of oil



Territorial control

Isis control

Isis support


Syrian regime

*Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate

Oil fields
Mobile refinery
Deir Ezzor
Oil market
Primary oil routes
Smuggling route

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Isis controls most of Syria’s oil fields and crude is the militant group’s biggest single source of revenue. Here we follow the progress of a barrel of oil from extraction to end user to see how the Isis production system works, who is making money from it, and why it is proving so challenging to disrupt, even with airstrikes.

By Erika Solomon, Robin Kwong and Steven BernardUpdated February 29, 2016