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Iraq launches airstrike on strategic Daesh position in Syria

This file picture shows an F-16 fighter jet operated by the Iraqi Air Force. (Photo by AFP)

Iraqi military aircraft have pounded a strategic position of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledges to continue airstrikes on the strongholds of the extremists in the neighboring war-ravaged country.

The media bureau of the Joint Operations Command, in a statement released on Monday, announced that F-16 fighter jets had bombed and destroyed a “logistic headquarters” for the terrorist in al-Dushashiya desert region near the border with Iraq.

On May 6, Abadi’s office said in a statement that the 66-year-old prime minister had ordered the “painful strike” which targeted “a meeting of Daesh commanders south of al-Dushashiya region in Syrian territory. The position was completely destroyed.”

Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool later stated that F-16 fighter jets were used in the strike, and the raid was “successful.”

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 US-led anti-Daesh coalition.

“If we perform a strike, we will coordinate with the international coalition, the joint security center and all the relevant parties. As we work together, we follow the principle of partnership to ensure safety and harmony between allies,” Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesman Tahseen al-Khafaji said late last month.

On April 23, intelligence sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language Shafaaq news agency that Daesh's second-in-command had been killed during an Iraqi airstrike inside the Syrian territory.

The top-ranked extremist, identified by the nom de guerre Abu Luqman al-Suri, was killed in the attack. He was the deputy of purported Daesh leader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The sources added that Suri was “in charge of recruiting attackers and dispatching them to Iraq to carry out bomb attacks there.”

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