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Reports: 14 militants dead in US-led strikes in Syria

A third night of US-led air strikes targeted Islamic State-controlled oil refineries in eastern Syria.

Syrians check a damaged house, reportedly hit by US-led coalition air strikes, in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province on 23 September, 2014. Picture: AFP.

BEIRUT - At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by US-led forces overnight in north-east Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday.

The strikes also killed at least five civilians, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A third night of US-led air strikes late on Wednesday targeted Islamic State-controlled oil refineries in eastern Syria as the United States and its allies tried to stem a major source of revenue for the al-Qaeda offshoot, US officials said.

The strikes hit facilities around al Mayadin, al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal, the US military said.

The initial days of US strikes suggest another aim is to hamper Islamic State's ability to operate across the Syria-Iraq frontier.