Four US-led airstrikes target oil field in east Syria
Iran Press TV
Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:15PM GMT
The US-led coalition has reportedly launched four airstrikes on an oil field in eastern Syria.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the airstrikes targeted oil wells in Syria's eastern province of Deir ez-Zor near the Iraqi border on Wednesday.
The United States and its allies claim the airstrikes on oil facilities aim to take out ISIL Takfiri militants' main source of income. However, the attacks have largely destroyed the Syrian infrastructure so far.
US-led airstrikes have so far claimed the lives of 553 people, said the UK-based observatory, which is affiliated to the adversaries of the Syrian government.
According to reports, over 50 Syrian civilians are also among the fatalities.
Since September 22, the US and its allies have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The airstrikes are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against ISIL positions in Iraq.
Washington has been supporting the militants operating against the government in Syria since March 2011. Many ISIL terrorists have reportedly received training by the CIA in Jordan and Turkey. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been also staunch supporters of militants fighting the Syrian government.
The ISIL militants have seized large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, terrorizing all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians, in the areas they are controlling.
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