Iraq says its warplanes targeted Islamic State jihadists in eastern Syria

2018-05-07 02:53:18 GMT2018-05-07 10:53:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Iraqi warplanes carried out a raid Sunday targeting Islamic State group commanders in eastern Syria, in the second such strike on the jihadists since mid-April, the premier's office said.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the "painful strike" which targeted "a meeting of IS commanders south of Al-Dushashiya in Syrian territory," a statement said.

F-16 fighter jets were used in the early morning strike and the raid was "successful," the spokesman of Iraq's security media centre, General Yehya Rassoul, told AFP.

Dushashiya is in a desert region of Syria's Hasakeh province, where a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance is fighting the jihadists.

"After receiving information on the target in co-operation with Syria's government and in co-ordination with coalition forces (led by the US), F-16s from the Iraqi air force led strikes against a command post of IS, 10 kilometers from the Iraqi border inside Syria," said General Mohammad al-Askari, an adviser to Iraq's defence ministry.

"This attack took place following a meeting of several Daesh commanders who were planning terrorist operations on Syrian or Iraqi territory," he said, using an Arab acronym for IS.

The target "was completely destroyed and all the officials there were killed," he said, without giving a death toll.

Askari also said Iraq hosts a center that co-ordinates military activity with Iran, Russia and Syria "against IS."

"This is not the last strike in Syria. They will continue, in relation to the activities of Daesh."

A week ago, Abadi told the media that Iraq would carry out air strikes against IS outside the country's own borders.

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