Friday, February 24, 2017

Iraq's PM orders airstrikes on ISIS/ISIL positions in Syria

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered airstrikes on positions of the Islamic State terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia) in Syria, the prime minister’s office said in a statement on Friday.

"The order to the (Iranian) Air Force command was to deliver airstrikes on the IS positions, including in Abu Kamal (city at border with Iraq) in Syria," the statement reads.

 The prime minister stressed the airstrikes would be targeted at positions of extremists "responsible for recent explosions in Baghdad."

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  1. A seniour security official told Reuters "the strikes targeted Islamic State's headquarters used for making car bombs in Albu Kamal... after Iraqi intelligence received tips from their sources inside Syria."

    Meanwhile, the Iraqi airstrikes were conducted "in complete coordination" with the Syrian government, a source close to Syria's foreign ministry told the news agency. The source chose not to elaborate on the issue.

    Later, another foreign ministry source confirmed coordination of the airstrikes to the Syrian government's newspaper Al Watan.

    Later in the day, Lebanese broadcaster Al-Mayadeen reported that the Iraqi airstrikes demonstrated “high-level cooperation between two countries' intelligence agencies.” The report said the Friday air raids were ordered after a convoy carrying IS commanders was spotted in the area, adding that coordinated strikes are very likely to happen in the future.


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