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It’s been a banner year already for al Qaeda in the Middle East. First al Qaeda forces seized Fallujah, and now ISIS and the Nusra Front, which are offshoots of the terrorist group, have seized control of most of Syria’s oil and gas resources. In a strange twist that has made the Syrian conflict even more convoluted, the Islamist and extremist groups are even selling the fuel to the Assad government. Other rebel groups are now accusing them of cooperating with the government, for allegedly receiving electricity and relief from airstrikes in return for the oil.