U.S. Military Destroys 116 ISIS Fuel Trucksby Jana Ritter - Published: 11/16/2015
Nearly 24 hours after ISIS terrorist attacks left 129 people dead and 352 wounded in Paris, France began air strikes against the group’s headquarters in Ragga Syria, and the U.S. military launched their own attack destroying 116 ISIS fuel trucks in Syria Sunday as well. The U.S. has also begun sharing intelligence with the French military about additional Islamic State targets and has pledged to broaden their cooperation.
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Fuel is a major source of income for ISIS operations and according to a source from the U.S. military, these revenue-producing targets such as oil refineries have been a prime target for the coalition effort known as Operation Tidal Wave II. The operation had already been launched a month ago with the primary objective of attacking ISIS oil infrastructure in eastern Syria. Until now, the coalition had held back from launching attacks directly on fuel trucks in order to minimize civilian casualties. But since ISIS claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks on civilians in Paris, the U.S. has changed their tactics and directly targeted ISIS oil trucks for the first time on Sunday. “The targets had been in the works, and we accelerated the strikes due to great interest from the French after the attacks,” said the U.S. official.
However, unlike the dirty terrorist tactics of ambushing innocent people without warning, the U.S. military said they followed protocol and gave truck drivers ample warning before the attack on the fuel farm occurred. “We dropped leaflets, warning the drivers to scatter. Next we strafed the area with 30mm cannons before dropping bombs from the warthogs,” said the U.S. military official. This one strike successfully destroyed a total of 116 ISIS fuel trucks located near Abu Kamal, which is close to Dayr al Zawr. But Col. Steve Warren, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said in a Pentagon press conference last week that they have seen from previous strikes on ISIS targets, that the organization has been able to repair their facilities in a short amount of time. "We'd conduct a strike against some piece of the oil infrastructure, and then within, you know, 24, 48, 72 hours, the enemy have managed to repair that piece of infrastructure, and were back up and running," said Warren. Nevertheless, Operation Tidal Wave II plans to continue to amp up its attacks on ISIS fuel operations, which have been generating millions of dollars a month for the terror group’s activities.