Warplanes hit tank trucks to disrupt Islamic State oil trade

Attacks on refineries haven’t done much to thwart the black market fuel trade that helps fund the Islamic State, so the U.S. and other ISIS adversaries are going after its transportation network.

U.S. military planes recently dropped bombs on dozens of tank trunks lined up in Syrian oil fields in the largest attack of its kind since the U.S. intervened in the country last year.

The tens of thousands of barrels of oil per day produced in ISIS-controlled regions of Iraq and Syria are insignificant compared to the massive global oil trade, but the sale of stolen crude has provided a significant source of income for the militants. The U.S. Treasury estimates the trade may bring ISIS half a billion in annual income.

Read Rhiannon Meyers’ full report on the bombing campaign against ISIS at HoustonChronicle.com.