Oil markets tense after western strikes on Syria, rising U.S. drilling weighs
Brent crude oil futures were at $71.78 per barrel at 0643 GMT, down 80 cents, or 1.10 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 68 cents, or 1.01 percent, at $66.71 a barrel. Traders said markets in Asia began cautiously after the weekend strikes, with some relief that the move looked unlikely to escalate.
Oil markets came under pressure from a rise in U.S. oil drilling activity. Image source: Reuters