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BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. and its Arab allies are carrying out more airstrikes against the Islamic State group.
U.S. Central Command says American and coalition forces hit a dozen targets in Syria on Wednesday that included small-scale oil refineries that have been providing millions of dollars a day in income to the Islamic State. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates took part, along with U.S. aircraft.
In a separate statement, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says the strikes in eastern Syria also hit a staging area used by the militants to move equipment across the border into Iraq.
The strikes marked the second day of a broadened U.S. military operation against the Islamic State group, after a barrage of more than 200 strikes on some two dozen targets in Syria a day earlier.
Earlier, Central Command says U.S. strikes damaged Islamic State vehicles in Syria near the Iraqi border town of Qaim (kym). It also reported hitting two Islamic State armed vehicles west of Baghdad, as well as two militant fighting positions in northern Iraq.