Iraqi warplanes strike ISIS positions in Syria

A Syrian soldier loyal to President Bashar Al Assad walks in front of posters of Mr Al Assad and President Putin. Omar Sanadiki  Reuters

A Syrian soldier loyal to President Bashar Al Assad walks in front of posters of Mr Al Assad and President Putin. Omar Sanadiki Reuters

The Iraqi air force says has launched deadly strikes against Daesh positions in Syria as both neighboring countries step up efforts to get rid of the Takfiri terror group's remnants.

The latest attacks show that IS is still considered a threat to Iraqi security, months after the Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared total victory and Raqqa, the Syrian "capital" of IS, fell to Kurdish and American forces.

Iraq's air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria on Thursday were carried out in coordination with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters.

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Iraqi warplanes carried out airstrikes against ISIS forces on the Syrian side of the border on Thursday, according to officials. Indeed, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve issued a statement on April 19 saying that the USA -led coalition "will not rest until we eliminate [ISIS] not only in Iraq, but in the region".

However Iraqi Brigadier General Yahya Rasool reported the airstrikes were coordinated fully with the Syrian government, which is supported by the US's foes Russian Federation and Iran.

Meanwhile, it is still unknown whether worldwide chemical weapons inspectors had entered the location of a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

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Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said the strikes were carried out with F16 jets, while the prime minister's office said the targets were near the border.

The US-led coalition also fighting Islamic State said it gave the Iraqi mission intelligence support.

"This operation highlights the capabilities of Iraq's armed forces to aggressively pursue [ISIS] and to maintain their country's internal security", said Marine Corps Brig.

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