"'Get out of your trucks now and run away from them,' the leaflets told the drivers. 'Warning. Airstrikes are coming, oil trucks will be destroyed. Get away from your oil trucks immediately. Do not risk your life.'"
From a comment to the blog:
Steiner said... "Why do the Russians and the French get all the fat targets all of a sudden? This week the Daily Mail published photographs of oil trucks burning after a Russian strike, how is it that there is a single petroleum container in existence in the Caliphate of ISIS after a year of U.S. airborne interdiction? Punches have been pulled, that much seems clear, but why?"
It seems the United States has responded in a major way, but ONLY after the escalation of the Russians and the French. From only two days ago!
1. "U.S. Warplanes Strike ISIS Oil Trucks in Syria"
"Intensifying pressure on the Islamic State, United States warplanes for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist group has been using to smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in Syria, American officials said."
"According to an initial assessment, 116 trucks were destroyed in the attack, which took place near Deir al-Zour, an area in eastern Syria that is controlled by the Islamic State. The airstrikes were carried out by four A-10 attack planes and two AC-130 gunships based in Turkey."
2. "US Choice to Drop Leaflets in Syria Contrasts with Russian Way of War"
American airstrikes the adversary WARNED IN ADVANCE!
"The leaflets telling Syrian truck drivers to run for their lives were emblematic of the stark differences between the U.S. and Russian air campaigns that will make greater cooperation pushed by the White House again Thursday difficult to achieve."
"About 45 minutes before A-10 Thunderbolt II and AC-130 Spectre gunships attacked, fighters made low passes over 116 oil truck tankers in eastern Syria last Sunday to drop leaflets."
MY INSTANTANEOUS AND INTUITIVE REACTION IS SOME SORT OF GUILT COMPLEX RELATED TO THE ATOMIC BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI SEVENTY YEARS AGO. WE DID NOT GIVE THE CIVILIAN POPULACE OF THOSE CITIES A SUFFICIENT WARNING TO FLEE! WARNING GIVEN BUT TOO VAGUE.
Well, that is just my opinion. Anybody got a better idea?