Document trove reveals how ISIS oil man ran terror grouping's operations

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 2:32 AM

With tiny industry experience, he'd built a network of traders and wholesalers of Syrian oil that at one point helped triple energy revenues for his terrorist bosses.

Document trove reveals how ISIS oil man ran terror grouping's operations

Islamic State oil man Abu Sayyaf was riding high a year ago. With tiny industry experience, he'd built a network of traders and wholesalers of Syrian oil that at one point helped triple energy revenues for his terrorist bosses.

His days carried challenges familiar to all oil executives—increasing production, improving client relations and dodging directives from headquarters. He also had duties unique to the extremist group, including approving expenses to cover the upkeep of slaves, rebuilding oil facilities damaged by U. S. airstrikes and counting towers of cash.

Latest May, U. S. Special Forces killed Abu Sayyaf, a nom de guerre, at his compound in Syria’s Deir Ezzour province. The raid also captured a trove of proprietary data that explains how Islamic State became the world’s wealthiest terror group.

Documents reviewed by The Wall Str Journal characterize the terror group’s construction of a multinational oil operation with assistance from officious terror-group executives obsessed with maximizing profits. They indicate how the organization deals with the Syrian regime, handles corruption allegations among top officials, and, most critically, how international coalition strikes have dented but not destroyed Islamic State’s income.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter called the May sixteen, two thousand fifteen, raid a “significant blow” against Islamic State and heralded the death of Abu Sayyaf, the terror group’s No. two oil executive.

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