On June 23, the Joint Operations Command of the Iraqi military announced in an official statement that warplanes of the Iraqi Air Force had targeted a meeting of ISIS commanders in the Syrian town of Hajin in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.
“In accordance with the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, and according to accurate intelligence information from the Falcons intelligence cell, and in coordination and supervision of the Joint Operations Command, Iraqi F16 warplanes carried out a successful airstrike [inside Syria],” the Iraqi military Joint Operations Command said in its official statement.
According to the Joint Operations Command, Iraqi warplanes destroyed three hours in Hajin, where ISIS commanders were holding a meeting. The three houses were connected via a network of tunnels, which allowed the terrorist commanders to move unseen between them.
As a result of the airstrikes 45 fighters and commanders of ISIS were killed, according to the Joint Operations Command. The list of the airstrikes’ fatalities included the director of ISIS ministry of war, the deputy of ISIS minister of war, the military commander of ISIS in the region of al-Jazeera, a director of ISIS’ media, two commanders of ISIS’ security forces (Hisbah), a member of ISIS main commission and the personal messenger of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
During the last three months, the Iraqi Force carried out several airstrikes on the remaining positions of ISIS in eastern Syria in coordination with both the US-led coalition and the joint Syrian-Iraqi-Russian-Iranian intelligence cell in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.