Why has the West turned a blind eye to ISIS-controlled oil infrastructure in Syria, allowing ISIS to self-fund terrorist operations?

  • 2016

Why has the West turned a blind eye to ISIS-controlled oil infrastructure in Syria, allowing ISIS to self-fund terrorist operations?

Author:
Brandon Turturro
Abstract:

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the Middle East is shifting the geopolitics of oil. The disruption of Iraq and Syrian oil production and exportation is making a direct impact on the international energy market and the stability of the global community, creating serious challenges for diplomatic relations for security, interests, and economies. By ISIS holding the “keys to the global economy” of the world’s oil reserves, ISIS continues to remain a threat to the international community. Thus, querying a legitimate concern why ISIS continues to thrive in Syria among its commandeered oil facilities is an accurate question one asks when ISIS continues to make media headlines and remains difficult to eliminate after ten years of conflict. This research paper identifies the importance in eliminating ISIS-controlled oil operations and the reasons for passive efforts in eliminating ISIS-controlled oil infrastructure. It seeks to address whether ISIS oil operations will shift to new international locations and explores strategies to prevent further expansion.