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Iraqi warplanes strike Islamic State outpost in Syria

US-led coalition aircraft. File photo.

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi military announced on Monday that its jet fighters targeted an Islamic State position inside Syria that was used by the jihadist group as a meeting place.

“Iraqi F-16 warplanes have carried out an airstrike against a two-story house in Sousa town inside Syria, where 30 Islamic State members were present,” the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

The IS outpost was completely destroyed in the air raid, the command said, without elaborating how many IS militants were exactly killed.

An Iraqi governmental source said on Sunday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave the Iraqi government the green light to bombard Islamic State positions inside the Syrian territories without taking permission from Damascus.

Under Assad’s directives, the Iraqi warplanes will be able to enter the Syrian territories and bombard sites of Islamic State without waiting for permission from the Syrian government, RT quoted the source as saying.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria two weeks ago, bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Islamic State.

Assad received on Saturday a message from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on means of boosting bilateral relations in various fields.



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