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US-led forces strike oil field in Syria

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- A spokesman for U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq and Syria says they carried out a large-scale attack on Syria's Omar oil field as part of its mission to target the Islamic State group's ability to generate money.

Operations officer Maj. Michael Filanowski told journalists in Baghdad on Thursday that the strikes late Wednesday struck IS-controlled oil refineries, command and control centers and transportation nodes in the Omar oil field area. U.S. officials say it was one of the largest set of strikes since launching the air campaign last year.

Filanowski says the refinery generates between $1.7 and $5.1 million per month for the Islamic State group. He says the strikes did not target Omar's entire infrastructure, focusing instead on specific targets that would stunt their ability to sell oil.

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