Pentagon targeting trucks, rigs in assault on Islamic State oil funding

By David Alexander and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.-led air strikes have hit at least 175 targets in the Islamic State’s main oil-producing region over the past month, as Washington intensifies efforts to disrupt a key revenue source estimated to provide more than $1 million a day to the militant group. The stepped-up bombing campaign has also targeted oil rigs, pumps and storage tanks, according to a Reuters tally of air strikes provided by the Pentagon since Oct 22. The Pentagon said last Friday that its recent air strikes in Syria had inflicted “significant damage” to Islamic State’s ability to fund itself.

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