On May 6, the Iraqi prime minister’s office announced in an official statement that the state’s air force had carried out “painful” airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. The PM office said that the airstrikes had targeted several positions of the terrorist group around the town of al-Dashishah in the southeastern al-Hasakah countryside.
مقطع فيديو يظهر الضربة الجوية التي نفذتها طائرات F16 لاستهداف مقر لقيادات داعش في منطقة الدشيشة داخل الاراضي السورية والتي تم الإعلان عنها اليوم الأحد 6 /5/2018 pic.twitter.com/q7K3Vs7FRa
— IRAQI AIR FORCE (@iqAirForce) May 6, 2018
A day earlier, ISIS fighters launched an attack from their positions in al-Hasakah governorate on the Tell al-Sufuk crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border. The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) repelled that attack and shelled several positions of ISIS inside Syria.
The Iraqi Air Force carried out a similar wave of airstrikes on ISIS positions in eastern Syria on April 19. Back then, the Iraqi military claimed that 36 fighters and commanders of ISIS had been killed in the airstrikes.
Local observers believe that the new wave of Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS in Syria were coordinated with the Damascus government through the joint intelligence-sharing HQ in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. However, the Iraqi Army is yet to confirm this.