Next Article in Journal
Veiled Politics: Muslim Women’s Visibility and Their Use in European Countries’ Political Life
Previous Article in Journal
Making Communication Strategy Choices in a Fast Evolving Crisis Situation—Results from a Table-Top Discussion on an Anthrax Scenario
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle

Oil in Syria between Terrorism and Dictatorship

Department of Geography, Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Giessen 35390, Germany
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(2), 20;
Received: 14 January 2016 / Revised: 25 April 2016 / Accepted: 9 May 2016 / Published: 17 May 2016
PDF [4896 KB, uploaded 17 May 2016]


The sale of oil and gas is one of the most important components of the Syrian economy. Unfortunately, since the discovery of these resources, the Syrian people have not benefited from the revenues earned. This study deals with the development of oil and gas production and the geographical distribution of fields, as well as production control, deterioration of production, refining and selling mechanisms, and the resulting health and environmental impacts following Islamic State’s (IS) control of the majority of oilfields in Syria. Since summer 2015, IS controls 80% of the fields with a production of 65,000 barrels per day (b/d); the Assad regime controls 8% of fields with 10,000 b/d; and Kurdish forces dominate the remaining 12% with 25,000 b/d. IS depends on oil as a major source of financing for its military and civilian activities, and has also managed to set up an extensive network of middlemen in neighbouring territories and countries, with the aim of trading crude oil for cash and other resources. IS produces and exports within its areas of control and sells part of the oil to the Assad regime, and another portion to the liberated areas, as well as to Iraq and Turkey. View Full-Text
Keywords: Syria; oil-selling; Islamic State; Kurdish forces; Assad regime Syria; oil-selling; Islamic State; Kurdish forces; Assad regime

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Almohamad, H.; Dittmann, A. Oil in Syria between Terrorism and Dictatorship. Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 20.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Soc. Sci. EISSN 2076-0760 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top