In an effort to weaken the revenue of the Islamic State (IS) group, U.S. warplanes destroyed a fleet of 168 oil tankers in Syria in the largest strike in the two-year-old air campaign against the terrorist group, the USA Today website reports today (December 9, 2016).
More than 20 aircraft were used to destroy the tanker trucks, which were gathered near the city of Palmyra in central Syria. The oil in the trucks was worth about $2 million, according to a statement.
The airstrike -- which was launched yesterday -- is part of an operation to reduce revenues from the Islamic State. The IS gets 25 percent of its revenue from oil, the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism, a private research group, estimates.
"When ISIL has access to large sums of money, they use it to conduct violent terror attacks against anyone who doesn't share their barbaric ideology," Col. John Dorrian, a military spokesman, said in a statement.