Oil man may be the shady bridge between Islamic State and Syrian government


New travel sanctions released by the European Union on Friday point to a shady middleman who reportedly helped the Islamic State terror group share oil and gas profits with its sworn enemy in Syria, the government of Bashar Assad.

In August, the group captured the town of Tabqa, which includes a gas plant run by an energy company called HESCO. The plant, along with many other oil and gas facilities in eastern Syria, is widely thought to now be exclusively run by the terrorists.

Diplomats have told several British newspapers that HESCO’s owner, a Syrian named George Haswani, brokered a deal by which Assad and IS would split revenues from facilities held by the extremists. As The Telegraph puts it, “the regime is believed to have funded the jihadists by purchasing oil” for use in the territory that it controls.
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