Image courtesy of Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel, U.S. Air Force/Wikimedia Commons.

The Combined Joint Task Force released two videos on Wednesday showing a coalition airstrike destroying an oil and gas plant in Syria controlled by Islamic State.

The black-and-white videos shows aerial footage of a Combined Joint Task Force airstrikes destroying the Daesh gas and oil plant near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria on February 2.

The strike was intended to “disrupt and destroy” illicit oil production at the plant, according to the video.

The attack was just one of four airstrikes conducted against ISIL by coalition forces in Syria on February 2, according to the Combined Joint Task Force.

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition’s operation to eliminate the ISIL in Iraq, Syria and the wider international community.

The Combined Joint Task Force has estimated that Islamic State earns about two-thirds of its revenues through oil production, Business Insider said.

Although it’s difficult to determine exactly how much oil IS produces, the group was believed to control at least 60 percent of Syria’s production capacity in late 2015, according to CNBC.

Syrian oil production has “essentially ceased” since ISIS and its affiliates began taking over the country’s oilfields in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


  1. I guess the worldwide oil glut (EIA: U.S. crude inventories above 500 million barrels for first time ever.) threatening the profits of the “coalition” has nothing to do with destroying facilities that were known to the “coalition” OVER A YEAR AGO when they just could not find, for some reason, these facilities until the Russians began “taking care of business”.

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