Truthfully speaking, as was al Qaeda, ISIS was created by the US government and is now the latest cover for a war on Syria that Obama previously backed down from last year when Putin called his bluff. He fumbled and now this is his second attempt. What’s being bombed at the moment in Syria is the infrastructure in order to cripple the nation.
ISIS is not sophisticated enough, nor ever was, to run oil refineries. This is also why you see Russia threatening retaliation against America for its bombing campaign in Syria. This is war under the radar with a terrorist group used as a ruse that almost no one has picked up on. Whether all the targets are real or not is anyone’s call at the moment.
This isn’t about ISIS.
Air strikes believed to have been carried out by US-led forces have hit three makeshift oil refineries in Syria’s Raqqa province as part of an assault to weaken Islamic State (IS) militants, a monitoring group said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks occurred shortly after midnight on Sunday (local time), adding that they also hit a plastic factory.
Islamic State fighters have control over oil produced in eastern Syria and have set up small, makeshift refineries to distil the crude into fuel, one of their main sources of income.
“These so-called refineries are not a real target and they do not weaken the Islamic State as they do not have any financial value for them,” Rami Abdelrahman of the Observatory told Reuters.
“They are composed of trucks with equipment to separate diesel and petrol used by civilians.”
The United States has been carrying out strikes in Iraq since August 8 and in Syria, with the help of Arab allies, since Tuesday, in a campaign it says is aimed at “degrading and destroying” the Islamist militants who have captured swathes of both countries.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his senior Cabinet colleagues are expected to meet early this week to discuss the deployment of Australian forces in the conflict.
The impact of the strikes on IS’s capabilities remains unclear with the militant group gaining sympathy from many Islamists after the attacks, including from rival groups.
Full article: Islamic State: US-led air strikes on militant group’s makeshift oil refineries ‘not a real target’, monitoring group says (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)