Thursday, December 3, 2015

1941: British Bomb Syrian Oilfields

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DEPOTS BOMBE English People Demand Action: Precautions Taken In Syria: Mosul Oil Fields Occupied
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Army Of Las ant Declared Ready To Defend Its Territors.
(By The Associated Press) Wth the British pui-ix clamor-ing for action, RAF warplanes to-day bombed the oil depot at Beirut, French-ruled Lebanon, in what may have been the opening blow in the next great campaign of the war. Simultaneously, authoritative quare ters in London said Britain had now taken "necessary precautions in res gard to Syria"--neighboring French colony in the Middle East—and fin-penal headquarters at Cairo 371• nounced that British troops had act-cupied Mosul, the center of Iraq's _ rich oil fields, As the war momentarily threat-ened to boil over into this new thea-ter in the eastern Mediterranean. the •• Syrian high command declared that the army of the Levant was ready to defend its territory against any attacks. i- In Berlin, a Nazi spokesman said p France had taken "certain protece et Live measures" along the borders of :e some of her colonial possessions --a s, an evident reference to Syria and EP I Lebanon. I's Reports reaching Vichy, the French -ie 1 capital, said British planes this it morning attacked Beirut, blowing up 1- reservoirs and bombing the oil des pot there. , Recapitulating the 12-day battle ,,t- of Crete, the Germans asserted that 12, 000 more British and Greek troops  ii., i had been captured on the blitz-ray-) aged Mediterranean island, making rid! a total of 25,000. he 1 , The latest group of captives, it 1 was said, included 8,000 British and 4,000 Greeks. Previous British reports said 15,- 000 troops had been safely with-drawn from Crete, out of an orig-inal contingent of some 30,000. Amid official silence, Britons II waited for word that the war may already have flamed into action in France's Middle East colonies of Syria and Lebanon. re v Cabinet Minister Lord &aver-ts brook's newspaper. the London Eve-ning Standard, declared British troops should occupy Syria at once if necessary for the defense of le (Continued on Page 17.) )r i ka 

Brit Counter-Daesh Air Sorties: After Action Report



(Akrotiri AFB, Cyprus)--The mainstay of Daesh’s financial income is derived from exploitation of a number of oilfields that they hold. These are overwhelmingly located in Daesh’s heartlands in eastern Syria. Several of these oilfields have already been effectively targeted by other coalition partners; RAF aircraft and precision weaponry are well suited to attacking, with low collateral risk, this type of target.

Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s return to RAF Akrotiri after their first mission, since the parliamentary vote to undertake air strikes in Syria.

Overnight, RAF Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker and a Reaper, and operating in conjunction with other coalition aircraft, employed Paveway IV guided bombs to conduct strikes against six targets within the extensive oilfield at Omar, 35 miles inside Syria’s eastern border with Iraq. 

 The Omar oilfield is one of the largest and most important to Daesh’s financial operations, and represents over 10% of their potential income from oil. Carefully selected elements of the oilfield infrastructure were targeted, ensuring the strikes will have a significant impact on Daesh’s ability to extract the oil to fund their terrorism.

Coalition air operations have already degraded Daesh’s front-line military capabilities and have assisted the Iraqi ground forces in liberating some 30% of the territory that the terrorists initially seized in that country during the summer of 2014. By extending RAF offensive operations into Syria, our aircraft are now able to help dismantle the means by which Daesh plan, direct and sustain their campaign of terror.



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