Fuel costs spike in Mosul after coalition strikes on IS oil hub

Prices of basic fuels have risen by up to 80 percent and quality has plummeted after a June 6 airstrike crippled IS’s import network of road tankers. US officials say the "best" third of the IS oil sector has now been destroyed.
Fuel costs spike in Mosul after coalition strikes on IS oil hub
An oil tanker on the Syria-Iraq border moments before it's bombed by U.S. airstrikes on Nov. 16, 2015, as seen from this still from a video released by the Pentagon. (Source: Operation Inherent Resolve press office)

MOSUL - Fuel is costlier and harder to come by in Mosul following coalition airstrikes that obliterated the so-called Islamic State (IS) group’s main tanker depot and distribution hub west of the city.

In the two weeks since the strikes, according to civilian oil market workers and residents, prices have gone up by between a 33 and 80 percent, and tanker traffic to Syria has visibly decreased over the past month.

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