On April 22, spokesman for the Iraqi Security Media Center Brigadier General Yehia Rasool revealed in an official stament that one of the Iraqi Air Force’s April 19 airstrikes against ISIS in Syria had targeted a headquarter of the terrorist group that had been hosting several commanders.
Brig. Gen. Rasool added that the airstrikes had been ordered in response to credible information about ISIS hostile acitivities in the targeted positions. According to Rasool, more than 36 ISIS fighters and commanders were killed in the airstrikes.
The office of Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on April 19 that warplanes of the Iraqi Air Force had carried out a series of airstrike against positions of ISIS in eastern Syria. The Iraqi aerial operation was welcomed by the Damascus government and the US-led coalition.
Several Kurdish and Iraq sources claimed earlier this month that the Iraqi Army is planning to carry out anti-ISIS operation inside Syria and suggested that such operation will be only coordinated with the US-led coalition. However, Syrian and Iraqi sources say that the recent airstrike were coordinated with Damascus via the joint intelligence-sharing HQ in the city of Baghdad. This HQ includes representatives of Iraq, Syria, Russia and Iran.