Russia says its strikes reduce oil smuggling to Turkey

A video image of a Russian air strike on an Islamic State group oil-processing facility at an unidentified location in SyriaRussia said Friday that trucks loaded with oil continue to cross from Syria into Turkey but in lesser numbers thanks to its bombing campaign against Islamic State jihadists. Citing intelligence data, Moscow said the number of oil tankers moving along the so-called northern route towards a refinery in the Turkish city of Batman had gone down. “The number of oil tankers there went down to 265,” the statement said.

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