CNN’s Barbara Starr reported Wednesday afternoon that U.S. and coalition forces were striking oil refineries in eastern Syria in an attempt to disrupt ISIS’ cash flow.
Among ISIS’ strengths has been its funding, deriving over $2 million per day from seized oil alone. A senior military intelligence official told Starr the U.S. was attacking about twelve sights where the oil is refined.
“I asked the question, why aren’t we seeing the oil fires,” Starr said on The Lead. “I am told we will see oil fires.”
The strikes come less than forty-eight hours after Monday night’s opening salvo against ISIS in Syria, the first action taken within Syria’s borders. That coalition force comprised the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, and Qatar; it’s unknown if the whole band got back together for this one.
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
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