Publication Date : Saturday 25 October 2014 18:41
US considers bombing oil pipelines in Syria, State Department official says
The United States is considering bombing some Syrian oil pipelines, which are currently under ISIL control, a State Department official has revealed.
According to the Independent, Julieta Valls Noyes, the US deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, recently said in London that Washington may target oil-related infrastructure inside Syria.
She said that the attacks would include "kinetic strikes against some of the pipelines" and other "physical action to stop the flow."
ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria are amassing a fortune of $1 million a day through black market oil sales, according to the US Treasury Department.
Michael T. Klare, a professor at Hampshire College who has written on energy resources and US foreign policy, said that "bombing oil pipelines to get at ISIS's financing would be a very foolhardy move."
Noyes also mentioned some figures which show ISIL, or ISIS, is generating up to $2 million a day by selling crude oil under its control.
Since late September, the US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
A US Marine Corps veteran says the United States’ airstrikes in Syria often target militants with “no military value” and actually aim at the country’s infrastructure.
“What I can see happening is that the targets they’re selecting are those that have, in many cases, no military value at all to ISIS or any other rebel group but really are intended to break whatever infrastructure the Syrian government will have when the fighting is over,” Alan Sabrosky told Press TV on September 30.
Sabrosky, a US Army War College graduate, added that Washington intends to inflict “such damage to the economic and industrial infrastructure within Syria that any Syrian government after the fighting will be so weakened that it will be vulnerable to further attacks.”