U.S. airstrikes hit Islamic State territories in Syria near the Turkish border the Pentagon said on Saturday, a step that would further intensify American attacks against the extremists in the war-torn country in the coming days.
Warplanes for the first time attacked militants in the northern Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani in Kurdish, which lies a few kilometers away from the Turkish border, the Los Angeles Times reported. The U.S. Central Command said in a statement the attacks launched on Friday and Saturday destroyed a building and two armored vehicles belonging to the Islamist group.
Around 150,000 Kurds escaped Kobani to Turkey as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, advanced into the area.
Meanwhile, American-led airstrikes hit other three makeshift refineries and a plastic factory were also destroyed in a separate attack in Raqqa, Islamic State’s headquarters, British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The militants have control over oil produced in eastern Syria, and have built small, makeshift refineries to turn crude into fuel, mostly made up of trucks with equipment to separate diesel and petrol, said Rami Abdelrahman of the Observatory.
But he said these refineries should not be a target of the attack since they have no financial value.
There were also three airstrikes in Iraq’s Kurdish capital of Erbil, which destroyed one of Islamic State’s armed vehicles and fighting positions.
According to the U.S. Central Command, countries from the Middle East joined the recent attacks, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates, but did not specify what area each country targeted.