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AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong that IS is taking Libyan oil

Posted October 9

— A claim from the second presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:

DONALD TRUMP: "ISIS has a good chunk of their oil," referring to Libya.

THE FACTS: Not quite. While it is true that the Islamic State group has targeted Libya's oil fields and has aspired to grab some of the country's oil resources, as it did in Syria, there is no evidence that it is reaping any revenue from Libyan oil. The prospect of the extremist group seizing Libyan oil is one reason the U.S. has conducted limited airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya, where it now has a very small presence.

Libya's oil production plunged following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi, from 1.6 million barrels per day under the longtime dictator to just 200,000.


Contributed by AP National Security Writer Robert Burns.


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