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Just over a month ago on Friday 23rd October 2015, The Express reported the following obliteration of an ‘ISIS held’ oil field by a Russian and American attack:
‘The terrorists’ oil field in eastern Syria – part of a half a billion dollar crude industry for the group – was obliterated in a day of bombing conducted by both Russia and the US-led coalition.
US operations officer Major Michael Filanowski told reporters in Baghdad the Omar oil field was blitzed, heavily damaging the lucrative funding source for ISIS.
Now, The Express is reporting that the commencing British airstrike action has “destroyed” the same oil field:
‘Four Tornados took off from RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus just an hour after MPs voted in favour of launching airstrikes in the war-torn country. The jets struck targets in the Omar oil field in Eastern Syria, dealing a “real blow” to the death cult, also known as Daesh.‘
originally posted by: Britguy
originally posted by: Raggedyman
Could they have been rebuilt and attacked again?
In a month?
I highly doubt it, not without heavy machinery and the specialist parts required for such an operation.
originally posted by: paraphi
So a single news blog with an opinion makes everything else propaganda?
According to MOD the targets were wellheads. Oil fields tend to have many wellheads in my experience. The oilfield in question is quite big, so will have a large number of the said.
The revamped plan for attacking the oil-production sites comes after weeks of intense study of eight major fields — Omar, Tanak, El Isbah, Sijan, Jafra, Azraq, Barghooth and Abu Hardan — to determine how to inflict more financial pain on the Islamic State, American officials said.
Instead of putting the group’s oil-production capability out of action for days, the new goal is to knock out specific installations for six months to a year, the officials said. This involves targeting fuel oil separators and elements of pumping stations at sites in Islamic State-controlled areas of Deir el-Zour, a city on the Euphrates River near the eastern border with Iraq.
While the American-led air campaign has conducted periodic airstrikes against oil refineries and other production facilities in eastern Syria that the group controls, the organization’s engineers have been able to quickly repair damage, and keep the oil flowing, American officials said. The Obama administration has also balked at attacking the Islamic State’s fleet of tanker trucks — its main distribution network — fearing civilian casualties.
But now the administration has decided to increase the attacks and focus on inflicting damage that takes longer to fix or requires specially ordered parts, American officials said.
The first evidence of the new strategy came on Oct. 21, when B-1 bombers and other allied warplanes hit 26 targets in the Omar oil field, one of the two largest oil-production sites in all of Syria. American military analysts estimate the Omar field generates $1.7 million to $5.1 million per month for the Islamic State. French warplanes struck another oil field nearby earlier this week.
The goal of the operation over the next several weeks is to cripple eight major oil fields, about two-thirds of the refineries and other oil-production sites controlled by the Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIL.
“We intend to shut it all down,” Col. Steven H. Warren, a military spokesman in Baghdad, said in an email on Thursday.
originally posted by: yorkshirelad
To hear that it was already bombed in October comes as no surprise. I would love to hear the spin on this when this gets out if it ever does.
originally posted by: spy66
Syria will be the New 60s Cuba crises, but this time it will happen Russia wont back down.