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Anti-Islamic State coalition strikes 12 refineries in Syria

BEIRUT | / NNA - September 25, 2014, 14h57
ARABIAN GULF - On September 23, 2014, an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets. (U.S. Navy photo / Robert Burck/Released)
On Wednesday evening the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bombed twelve refineries controlled by the Islamic state group (IS) in eastern Syria, the Pentagon announced. A strategic act: oil is an important financial resource for the Islamic State.
Whilst the American president Barack Obama at the UN called on "the world" to "unite" in the face of the jihadist threat, the international anti-Islamic state coalition stepped up its strikes in Syria Wednesday, this time aiming at refineries controlled by IS.

On Tuesday at dawn, the United States intensified their strikes against IS targets in Syria, with the support of five Arab countries (Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain), all members of the coalition.

But this is the first time that the anti-IS coalition attack oil facilities. Its purpose is clearly to exhaust the main source of income for the jihadists as much as possible. The IS is funded in part by smuggling oil sold to intermediaries in neighboring countries.

The strikes were carried out by warplanes and drones near the towns of Mayadine, Hassaké and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria. According to the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in the strikes, thirteen in total, against a dozen oil refineries controlled by IS.

Quoted by Swiss news agency ATS, the director of the Agency for Energy Information, Adam Sieminski, said that IS produces less than 100,000 barrels of crude per day.

The Swiss agency also pointed out that Nicholas Rasmussen, Deputy Director of the National Centre Against Terrorism, said in September before Congress that the income of the IS was approximately one million dollars a day, supplemented by the sale of oil on the black market, smuggling, looting and ransom money in exchange for the release of hostages.
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