Islamic State militants killed, as Iraqi jets carry out airstrike in Syria

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Baghdad ( Iraqi fighter jets have shelled an Islamic State task force in Syria, the Interior Ministry’s Security Media Center said, adding that the militants were planning for an operation using explosive belts inside Iraq over the coming few days.

In a statement on Thursday, the center said, “based on instructions of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and under supervision of the Joint Operations Command, the Iraqi jets carried out a successful airstrike in Syria, depending on information from the Interior Ministry. The strike targeted Islamic State’s task force, destroying it completely. Several militants were killed.”

The militants killed, according to the statement, “were planning for terrorist operations in Iraq during the coming few days.”

Last month, an Islamic State leader, along with other militants, were reportedly killed as three rest houses were destroyed in shelling by Iraqi troops in Syria.

Iraqi warplanes had launched wave of air raids against outposts of the Islamic State group in Syria.

In April, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi denied intentions to intervene within Syrian affairs, saying airstrikes against Islamic State will continue.

Iraq had previously announced launching airstrikes against IS locations in Syria.

This came after Abadi said security troops will follow IS militants in the whole region, not only in Iraq.

The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.

In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

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