28 Sep '14, 1pm

U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery by Turkey

SANLIURFA, TURKEY — Airstrikes likely carried out by a U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the Islamic State group Sunday, a witness said, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border. Explosions lit the sky “for two hours” at the refinery in the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad around 2:30 a.m. local time (2330 GMT Saturday), local businessman Mehmet Ozer said. “Our building was shaking and we saw fire, some 60 meters (65 yards) high, coming from the refinery,” said Ozer, who lives in the nearby Turkish town of Akcakale. U.S. Central Command, which is overseeing the operation against the Islamic State group, did not immediately comment on the strikes. A U.S.-led coalition has been targeting oil installations controlled by the militants, aiming to crippling the Islamic State group’s finances, estimated to earn s...

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