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US targets oil refineries in Syria

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 1:04 PM

The US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) has targeted 12 oil refineries in Syria on a third night of air strikes against the militants.



Raids carried out by US, Saudi and United Arab Emirates aircraft killed 14 of the group's fighters and five civilians in eastern Syria, activists said.



According to the Pentagon, the refineries generated up to US$2 million per day in revenue for the militants.



The US military said the latest strikes, using fighter jets and drones, had hit 'small-scale' refineries that were producing “between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day”.



According to the US Central Command, the military is still assessing the outcome of the attack on the refineries, but initial indications are that the strikes were successful.



US President Barack Obama has vowed to dismantle the IS "network of death".



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