Iraq launches air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria

An Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, 75 kilometers north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

Iraq launched air strikes on ISIS targets inside neighboring Syria on Tuesday, destroying two buildings housing 40 fighters and weapons, its military said.

F-16 fighter jets destroyed a building where members of the ultra-hardline militant group were storing weapons, killing 10 of them. A second strike destroyed a building housing 30 ISIS fighters, it said in a statement.

ISIS, which once occupied a third of Iraq’'s territory, has been largely defeated in the country but has continued to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings there and still poses a threat along its border with Syria. 

Weapons warehose destroyed   

“The successful operation led to the destruction of a weapons warehouse ... that contained ten terrorists, rockets, and explosives belonging to ISIS gangs,” the statement said.

The Iraqi air force has carried out several strikes against ISIS in Syria since last year.

ISIS has resorted to guerrilla tactics since it abandoned its goal of holding territory and creating a self-declared caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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