24 November 2015, News reports – The US military has continued to target the so-called Islamic State’s (Isis) oil revenue stream by bombing almost 300 fuel trucks in Syria, according to reports.
The air strikes were carried out by A-10 Warthogs and AC-130 Specter Gunships near Al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor near Syria’s border with Iraq, US news channel NBC reported, citing unnamed military personnel.
The military are said to have dropped leaflets reading “run immediately or you will be killed” and carried out low-altitude flights over the targets before carrying out the strikes, which are said to have destroyed 283 vehicles.
UK broadcaster BBC said the US pilots found the trucks parked up together waiting to be loaded with oil, with warning shots fired to scare away civilian drivers.
There are conflicting reports on when the strikes took place, with some reports saying Monday and others over the weekend.
Last week the US reportedly hit at least 177 targets in Isis’ main oil-producing region, including 116 tankers. Isis is thought to bring in more than $1 million a day in oil revenues.