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Syria's Opposition Hopes To Win The War By Selling Oil

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This Friday, July 29, 2011 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows workers check a damaged oil pipeline at the site of a bomb blast in the western town of Talkalakh, Syria. Syria’'s vital oil industry is breaking down as rebels capture many of the country’s oil fields, with wells aflame and looters scooping up crude, depriving the government of much needed cash and fuel for its war machine against the uprising. (AP Photo/SANA, File) | AP

Given the many resolutions on Syria that have hit a brick wall at the U.N. Security Council, and the endless wrangling among Western leaders over how to end the calamitous two-year war, the April 22 decision by E.U. foreign ministers to lift the oil embargo against Syria looked almost like tangible progress. “We wish for good economic development in the areas controlled by the opposition,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters before the vote in Luxembourg. “Therefore we lift the sanctions that hinder the moderate opposition forces’ work.”

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Syria's Opposition Hopes to Win the War by Selling Oil