Date
18 December 2017
An Islamic State billboard in Syria reads: "We will win despite the global coalition". Photo: Reuters
An Islamic State billboard in Syria reads: "We will win despite the global coalition". Photo: Reuters

Islamic State claims second gas field in Syria

Islamic State fighters claimed on Monday to have seized a second gas field from government forces in Syria in a week.

The Sunni Islamist group posted 18 photos on social media showing its flag raised in the Jahar gas field in the central province of Homs, the SITE jihadist website monitoring service reported.

The report said the militants had seized two tanks, seven four-wheel drive cars and several heavy machine guns.

Islamic State fighters, who now hold up to a third of Syria and parts of Iraq, took control of the larger Sha’ar gas field on Oct. 30.

“So after the [Sha'ar] company and the [positions] surrounding it became part of the land of the Caliphate, the soldiers advanced, conquering new areas, and all praise is due to Allah,” Islamic State said in a message.

“Yesterday they tightened control over Jahar village and the Mahr gas pumping company, and nearly nine [positions] supported by heavy weaponry such as tanks, armoured vehicles, and heavy machine guns of various calibers.”

A U.S.-led coalition has conducted air strikes against Islamic State since September.

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