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Syria: US-led coalition warplanes destroy enemy tanks

By Colin Francis

US-led coalition warplanes have destroyed four tanks belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group in eastern Syria during action in a key oil-producing area that has generated millions of dollars for the extremist faction.

The strikes outside the city of Deir el-Zour on the Euphrates River marked the second consecutive day that the United States and its Arab allies have taken aim at the militants near the border with Iraq.

Coalition planes pounded a dozen makeshift oil-producing facilities in the same area on Thursday in an attempt to cripple one of the militants' main sources of money, with the US claiming that black market oil sales can generate up to £1.2m a day.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the American-led air campaign also hit the Tanak oil field, as well as the Qouriyeh oil-producing area in Deir el-Zour.

The group added that air raids further targeted the headquarters of IS in the town of Mayadeen, south-east of Deir el-Zour city.

Activists on the ground said that the attacks caused an unknown number of casualties.

They added that the terror group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, had cut back the number of gunmen guarding vehicle checkpoints.

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