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British, U.S.-Led Coalition Strikes ISIS Oil Facilities In Syria

| by Sean Kelly

A U.S.-led coalition targeted ISIS oil facilities in Syria early on December 3, just hours after the British Parliament authorized military action in the country.

The strikes were carried out at the Omar oil field, chosen by Britain because it had a low risk of collateral damage — which was preferable for the country’s first strike in Syria.

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“This strikes a very real blow at the oil and the revenue on which the Daesh [ISIS] terrorists depend,” British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said, reported The Associated Press. 

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed Britain’s vote to join the strikes against ISIS, reports the StarTribune. He said ISIS "is a global threat that must be defeated by a global response."

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has long been a proponent of military action against ISIS, but was previously unsure of garnering majority support in parliament.

Since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, opinions have shifted and more Western nations are joining in the fight against the terrorist organization.

“Do we work with our allies to degrade and destroy this threat and do we go after these terrorists in their heartlands, from where they are plotting to kill British people?” Cameron said while appealing for approval to strike, according to StarTribune. “Or do we sit back and wait for them to attack us?"

Sources: The Associated Press, StarTribune / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons