US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

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US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria
FILE - In this April, 1975 file photo, Syria opens its fourth oil field at Jbeissah, 19 miles west of the Iraq Border. Activists say that U.S.-led airstrikes have targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group, killing at least five people on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and two local activist collectives say the airstrikes hit refineries and oil fields in the eastern provinces of Deir el-Zour and Hassakeh.(AP Photo/Harry Koundakjian, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say that U.S.-led airstrikes have targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group, killing at least five people.

The Britain -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and two local activist collectives say the airstrikes hit refineries and oil fields in the eastern provinces of Deir el-Zour and Hassakeh.

In one incident, the activists said at least five people were killed, including women and children who were likely the wives and children of militants, living near a refinery building.

The Observatory and activists said other airstrikes targeted the Nusra Front , a Syrian al-Qaida affiliate that has fought the Islamic State, and which is one of the most powerful groups fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad .

Other strikes targeted Islamic State compounds, checkpoints and military vehicles.



 

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