The Iraqi prime minister’s office has reported that the state’s air force carried out “deadly” airstrikes against ISIS in Syria on April 19.
The PM office added that the strikes will help to annihilate the terrorist group in the region after it was eliminated in Iraq. The real aim of strikes is to neutralize ISIS cells operation in the Syrian-Iraqi border area.
ISIS became an influencial power in Iraq in 2014. By summer 2017, the Iraqi military and its allies liberated the city of Mosul [the key ISIS stronghold in Iraq] from the terrorist group. Iraq formally declared the victory over ISIS on December 9, 2017.
Despite this, ISIS cells still remain quite active across the country and especially at the Syrian-Iraqi border.
According to the orders of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, our heroic air force carried out, on Thursday, in Syria near Iraqi border deadly air strikes against Daesh’s Terrorists gangs.
— PM Media Office (@IraqiPMO) 19 April 2018
The Iraqi military spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool underlined that the strikes had been coordinated with the Syrian government, Russia and Iran, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported. Rasool pointed that Iraq would continue operations if the country’s intelligence services receive info about threats from terrorists.
The Lebanese TV channel Al-Masdar reported that there were five strikes in the province of Deir ez-Zor. The strikes targeted terrorist’s commanders and workshops used to produce explosives. The Ministry of Defense pointed that these strikes had not been a part of the international coalition’s operations.