By Selen Temizer, Levent Tok and Mohamed Misto
ANKARA (AA) - The PYD/PKK terrorist group currently controls more than half of Syria’s total energy resources, according to credible estimates.
Since last September, energy-rich parts of the country -- such as Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa and Al-Hasakah -- have been handed over to the PYD/PKK by the Daesh terrorist group with air support provided by the U.S.
As of last October, the PYD/PKK had seized several energy facilities in Deir ez-Zor, including a Conoco gas plant and the Al-Omar and Jafra oilfields.
Notably, oil facilities in eastern Deir ez-Zor, including Afra, Taanah and Azraq, account for roughly one third of Syria’s overall energy reserves.
Al-Hasakah residents recently told Anadolu Agency that PYD/PKK terrorists were controlling energy facilities jointly with Assad regime personnel.
The region’s total oil production currently stands at some 350,000 barrels per day, thanks mainly to large oilfields such as Rumaylan, Suwaidi and Qara Koc.
Almost 70 percent of Syria’s energy resources are now controlled by the PYD/PKK, while the regime only remains in control of a few oil and gas facilities west of the Euphrates River.
Between late 2015 and mid-2017, the PYD/PKK also managed to seize a number of strategic water and electricity facilities.
These facilities include the Tishrin, Tabqa and Baath dams, which are used to irrigate more than half of the country’s agriculture land and which contribute heavily to the national electricity supply.