US warplanes destroy 283 fuel trucks in Syria

2015-11-23 22:51


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Washington - US warplanes have destroyed 283 fuel tankers that were being used to transport oil to help fund the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, officials said Monday.

The huge air raid is another milestone as the US-led coalition intensifies its campaign against the jihadists and focuses on their oil-smuggling infrastructure, estimated to net the group about $500m a year.

Pentagon spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis said the strike occurred on Saturday between Al Hasakah and Dayr Az Zawr in the east. It came less than a week after another, similar strike destroyed 116 ISIS fuel trucks.

Just as in that earlier case, US jets on Saturday first conducted a low-flying "show of force" over the trucks, then dropped leaflets telling drivers to flee.

The Pentagon says that while the trucks were being used to support ISIS, the drivers themselves were not thought to be jihadists.

US A-10 air-to-ground attack planes and AC-130 gunships then destroyed the tankers, Davis said, adding there had been no reports of civilian casualties.

"We have very methodically gone through this to ensure that we are doing this in a way that is humane and not going to cause civilian casualties," Davis said, while "also recognising the fact that these trucks are an integral link in the revenue stream that is providing revenue ... to ISIL [ISIS]".

Russia, which is conducting a separate air campaign in Syria, claims to have destroyed dozens of fuel trucks and has declared a "free hunt" for any trucks carrying oil "belonging to terrorists" in ISIS-controlled areas.

A US military spokesperson said that in the earlier US strike that destroyed 116 trucks, the leaflets dropped stated: "Get out of your trucks now, and run away from them."

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