Islamic State Looks for Oil, Recruits in Africa
The United States says it is concerned about the Islamic State group attracting recruits and acquiring resources in North Africa.
The forces fighting against IS in Syria and Iraq are retaking ground and oil fields.
While this is seen as a success, one U.S. government official says there is concern about recruits coming from Libya and parts of Egypt.
Anti-IS fighters in the northern part of Iraq are taking back territory and oil revenue. So IS looks for new sources of income.
Iraq's largest refinery was taken back from IS in October.
President Barack Obama says IS has lost 40 percent of the area it once controlled in Iraq.
In Syria, IS controls about 80 percent of the oil fields. But one U.S. official says production is slow and the group is not earning as much money from oil as it once did.
Oil refineries and transport trucks are targets, and oil prices are down by about half since 2014.
One U.S. official says IS is "looking at the oil assets in Libya and elsewhere. But we'll be prepared."
Libya's oil industry has suffered since the country's civil war started in 2011.
That makes Libya a potential recruiting ground for IS.
One defense official says "Libya is the next big thing for ISIL."
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1.look for 期待；寻找
He looks for courtesy from his subordinates, but he doesn't expect them to lick his boots.
2.oil field 油田
Lofty derricks dot the landscape in an oil field.
3.take back 收回；没收；退还
This shop promises to take back any goods that don't satisfy the person who buys them.
4.oil refineries 炼油厂
Oil refineries are huge "factories"where crude oil is separated into "fractions".
1.The United States says it is concerned about the Islamic State group attracting recruits and acquiring resources in North Africa.
concerned about 关心；担忧
The whole society should be concerned about the health and sound growth of children.
He was concerned about the recent blear in his vision.
2.The forces fighting against IS in Syria and Iraq are retaking ground and oil fields.
fighting against 打击；抗争
We are fighting against very heavy odds.
We must unite all the forces in fighting against the intruders.
伊拉克北部的反“伊斯兰国”军队逐渐收复领土和石油资源 。因此，“伊斯兰国”不得不开始寻找新的收入来源 。
“伊斯兰国”控制了叙利亚地区约80%的油田 。但美国官员表示因其生产效率低下，从石油中所获收益较之前来说少了许多 。
美国官员表示，“伊斯兰国”正密切关注利比亚以及其它地区的石油资源 。但是我们也会提前做好应对准备 。