[Ed. note: Good thing Obama decimated them when he did]
Islamist rebels led by al-Qaida-linked fighters seized Syria’s largest oil field on Saturday, cutting off President Bashar Assad’s access to almost all local crude reserves, activists said.
There was no immediate comment from the government and it was not immediately possible to verify the reports of the capture independently.
But the loss of the al-Omar oil field in Deir al-Zor province, if confirmed, could leave Assad’s forces almost completely reliant on imported oil in their highly mechanized military campaign to put down a 2-1/2-year uprising.
“Now, nearly all of Syria’s usable oil reserves are in the hands of the Nusra Front and other Islamist units … The regime’s neck is now in Nusra’s hands,” said Rami Abdelrahman, head of the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.