Great post over at the Monkey Cage by our ex-colleague and friend Ariel Ahram.
ISIS has gained control over major oil supplies in Iraq and major water infrastructure in Syria and Iraq and is working to build an actual, profitable, functioning “state”.
As Ariel puts it, “Oil and water, unlike diamonds or drugs, contribute to the coherence to the Islamic State and the discipline of its governance.”
It’s not just about punishing the infidels.
In fact, the only thing standing between ISIS and the largest Iraqi oil field is the Kurdish army!
Why do I get the feeling that Iraq as we knew it is toast?