People living near the Syrian Jabisah oil field, recently liberated f-rom Islamic State extremist group, told RT Arabic crew, that the jihadists transported the oil f-rom the facility first to their stronghold in Raqqa and then to Turkey.
Jabisah oil field and facility near the town of Shaddadi in northern Syria were under Islamic State (IS, Daesh, formerly ISIS/ISIL) control for two years, with the illegal oil trade being a major source of funding for the extremist group.
The field was liberated in February by Kurdish and Syrian rebel troops united under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) banner, who are now working to restore operations at the fields.
People living in the area say that before leaving the facility damaged and plundered, foreign IS militants made ample use of its oil deposits.
Ghazi Hussein, a resident of Hasakah province, who witnessed the terrorists having Jabisah under their control, said they were transferring oil to Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa and then to Turkey through the Tell Abyad checkpoint on the Turkish-Syrian border.
“Then they sold it [oil] to Turkey in exchange for dollars and weapons,” Hussein said, adding that Syrian historical artefacts were also smuggled to Turkey.