Babylon was the birthplace of all false god worship and is situated in modern day Iraq. It was Satan's choice to launch his infamous career from there.
In post-crucifixion times, Satan chose his new religion to be founded in Arabia. The early Muslim conquests quickly engulfed the Middle East and North Africa. Satan made sure that Iran (Persia) was not left out.
All these territories were conquered very quickly even though Islam expanded to other parts of the Globe as well.
The Muslims eventually lost Spain and much later, Eastern Europe, but they never lost the oil rich areas of the Middle East - they desperately clung on to these.
Did Satan know where the oil was?