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    Control of Oil Fuels ISIS Terror

    It doesn’t rely on handouts. Unlike donation-reliant al-Qaida, ISIS has a slicker approach: The jihadis controlling parts of Syria and Iraq trade in black gold — to the tune of $1.5 million a day — to fund their reign of terror and provide electricity. Enemies, as well as hospitals and businesses, are forced to buy ISIS diesel in order to survive. But the militants’ oil fields are aging, and as production slowly slides, many hope foreign military interventions will help put the group’s stranglehold over oil on a slippery slope.

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