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Zainab Calcuttawala

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Zainab Calcuttawala is an American journalist based in Morocco. She completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook’em) and reports on…

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Coalition Against ISIS Destroys 55 ISIS Oil Tankers In Syria

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Fifty-five oil tankers perished in recent raids in Syria, as part of the U.S. and allies’ international coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), according to a recent announcement by the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).

In a statement on 11 September, the CJTF-OIR said 24 airstrikes had been carried out in Iraq and Syria over the course of Saturday.

“In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter
and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets,” the statement read. “Near Dayr Az Zawr, eight strikes destroyed 55 ISIL oil tanker trucks and 13 supply routes.”

With the support of the government of Iraq, coalition warplanes struck 10 sites near seven Iraqi cities, including Mosul, Tel Affar, Beiji, Ramadi and Samarra, inflicting heavy losses on ISIS hideouts and headquarters.

On Monday, the task force released another statement outlining its war activities on 11 September.

The Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State, saw considerable damage to its captured oil infrastructure during Sunday’s attacks. Six of sixteen strikes in the country on Sunday occurred in Raqqa, resulting in the destruction of 10 ISIS supply routes, three oil pump jacks and other drilling-related equipment.

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Roughly 140 kilometers away, another strike demolished two of the terrorist organization’s captured oil tractor-trailers in Dayr Az Zawr.

The CJTF-OIR’s official Twitter account says affiliated countries had conducted 104 strikes during the week of September 3 – September 9.

So far, 13 countries have contributed to the task force’s operations, including Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan indicated last week that his country was prepared to join coalition forces in a campaign to recapture Raqqa from ISIS.

Iraqi forces will soon begin an offensive to liberate Mosul – the nation’s second largest city and the most populous city still under ISIS control.

By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com

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  • Paul152 on September 15 2016 said:
    Wait? I thought Trump said Obama wasn't attacking ISIS, was sending them flowers and chocolates and promising the keys to the White House instead? Once more DonTheCon is full of it.
  • RobGinChicago on September 15 2016 said:
    Funny how Russia never seems to attack ISIL, and our "ally", Turkey spends most of their time attacking the Kurds, the most effective opponents of ISIL.
  • Texas Aggie on September 14 2016 said:
    Interfering with the shipment of oil through Turkey is a sure way to get the Turkish government upset. They, including Erdogan's son, are making a bundle off the oil shipments and won't like any interference in their business.
  • Philip Branton on September 13 2016 said:
    SO......where are the pictures and videos..? Where is this on the nightly news....or Rush......or Savage........or will Al Franken be asked any questions..?

    Just how verifiable is this info for Wall Street investors to verify..? Where are the links to Islamic state fighter body cameras...? How many tanker drivers died..? What nationalities where the tanker drivers and WHO are they selling their cargo to at the port..? What banks are handling the currency transfers..?

    Lets go...OIL PRICE..!!
  • CaptainAmerica on September 12 2016 said:
    BOOOOOOM !

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