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Syria: Islamist rebels say seize crucial oilfield from Assad forces

Loss of al-Omar oil field means the govt will have to almost fully depend on imported crude.

Written by Reuters | Beirut (lebanon) |
November 23, 2013 3:13:28 pm

Islamist rebel battalions led by al Qaeda-linked fighters seized the largest oil field in eastern Syria on Saturday,activists said,cutting off President Bashar al-Assad’s access to almost all local crude reserves.

There was no immediate comment from the government. Losing the al-Omar oil field would mean Assad’s forces would be almost completely reliant on imported oil in their fight to end the country’s 2-1/2-year revolt.

Activists linked to the Nusra Front said its fighters stormed and captured the field,as well as several tanks and a weapons cache.

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