Iraq says it has launched an airstrike against Daesh positions inside the Syrian territory as both neighboring countries step up efforts to get rid of the Takfiri terror group’s remnants.
The Iraqi military said in a statement on Thursday that the Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jets destroyed an undisclosed location where members of the terrorist group were operating.
The Iraqi air force has carried out several such raids against the Takfiri group in Syria since last year.
Iraqi authorities have on occasions stated that they work closely with the Syrian government to monitor and target terrorist targets based on the efforts of intelligence and information departments of the security coordination committee formed between Baghdad, Damascus, Tehran and Moscow years ago, as well as coordination with the so-called anti-Daesh coalition led by the US.
On May 6, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said in a statement that the prime minister had ordered a “painful strike” which targeted “a meeting of Daesh commanders south of al-Dushashiya region in Syrian territory. The position was completely destroyed.”
A senior anti-Daesh expert says Iraqi government forces may operate against the Takfiri terrorists inside neighboring Syria.
On December 9, 2017, Abadi declared the end of military operations against the Daesh terrorist group in the Arab country.
However, the terrorist group is said to be still operating from some pockets along the border with Syria and continues to carry out ambushes and bombings across Iraq.
Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.
Iraqi forces then launched operations to eliminate Daesh and retake lost territory, and in March, Iraqi forces liberated Rawa, the last remaining town in the grip of the terror outfit.