A tanker transporting petrol sold by Islamic State militants to Kurdish businessmen is seen on July 12 near Iraq's disputed northern city of Kirkuk. (Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images)
Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared "caliphate". The monopoly over fuel in the territory it has captured gives the Islamic State leverage over other armed Sunni factions. [Full Story]
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