On August 16, the Iraqi Air Force announced in an official statement that its warplanes had bombed an ISIS operations room inside Syria’s territory.
“In accordance with the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, Iraqi F16 warplanes carried out a successful airstrike inside Syria’s territory according to accurate intelligence information from the Falcons intelligence cell,” the Iraqi Air Force said in its statement.
Several ISIS fighters and spies were reportedly killed in the Iraqi airstrike. These terrorists were planning to carry out several attacks against Iraqi civilians, according to the Iraqi Air Force.
Since the beginning of year, the Iraqi Air Force conducted several airstrikes on key positions of ISIS in Syria. While the Ministry of Defense of Iraq claims that goal of the airstrikes is to protect Iraq’s border, in fact most of these airstrikes were carried out in order to support ground operations of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
According to Syrian and Iraqi sources, Iraq coordinates these airstrikes with both the US-led coalition and the Damascus government.