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Airstrikes target 12 oil refineries controlled by ISIS

U.S. Central Command said Wednesday that 12 modular oil refineries controlled by ISIS were hit during airstrikes by U.S., Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates fighter aircraft and drones.

The strikes took place Wednesday in a remote, eastern part of Syria, USA Today reports, near the towns of Al Hasakah, Abu Kamal, and Al Mayadin. An ISIS vehicle near the eastern town of Dayr az Zawr was also hit.

In a statement, U.S. Central Command said it was "still assessing the outcome of the attack on the refineries," but it had "initial indications that the strikes were successful." Oil has been a huge source of income for ISIS, and the "small-scale" refineries hit provided fuel to run operations and revenue.