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Iraqi warplanes strike ISIS positions in Syria for second time

2018-05-06

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SULAIMANI – The Iraqi Air Force has launched airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group inside Syrian territory, the media office of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Sunday (May 6).

"The heroes of the Iraqi Air Force have dealt a severe blow to the site of the leaders of Daesh south of al-Dashisha village inside the Syrian territory," the media office said in a statement referring to ISIS by a different acronym. Al-Dashisha village located in south of Hasakah. 

The airstrikes by Iraqi warplanes in Syrian territory were second of their kind this year. ISIS positions were hit by Iraqi airstrikes on April 19 following anorder by the Iraqi Prime Minister.

At that time, Iraq said that the threat that ISIS militants pose in Syria to Iraq led to the strikes to be launched.

"Our forces, our fighters and their pursuit of the terrorist gangs saved many lives and thwarted plans," it said, adding that "these strikes will help accelerate elimination of the organization in the region after it was eliminated militarily in Iraq."

On April, the spokesperson of Iraqi Defense Ministry, Tahsin Khafaji told Sputnik that the airstrikes have been carried out in cooperation with the Syrian government, Iran, and Russia.

(NRT)