Iraq bombs meeting of ISIS leaders in Syria, killing 45
Iraq has launched an air assault on a gathering of ISIS leaders inside neighbouring Syria, killing 45 members of the hard-line militant group, its navy mentioned on Saturday.
F-16 fighter jets destroyed three homes on Friday which have been linked by a trench in the city of Hajin, the place the leaders have been meeting.
These killed included excessive profile targets such because the group’s “deputy conflict minister,” one of its “media emirs,” its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s private courier and its chief of police, the navy mentioned in an announcement.
ISIS, which as soon as occupied a 3rd of Iraq’s territory, has been largely defeated in the nation however nonetheless poses a menace alongside the border with Syria.
“Iraqi F-16 jets carried out a profitable airstrike that focused a meeting of Daesh leaders… in the Hajin space inside Syrian territory. The operation resulted in the entire destruction of the targets, and the killing of round 45 terrorists,” the navy’s Joint Operations Command mentioned.
Daesh is an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
The Iraqi navy has carried out a number of airstrikes in opposition to the group in Syria since final 12 months, with the approval of the Syrian authorities of President Bashar al-Assad and the U.S.-led coalition combating the militants.
Iranian officer killed
Individually, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards mentioned one of its senior officers was killed in the Syrian city of Albu Ahmed close to the Iraqi border.
Second Brig.-Gen. Shahrokh Daeipour — a veteran of the Iran-Iraq conflict in the 1980s — was killed throughout “advisory operations,” the Guards’ web site Sepahnews mentioned, with out giving additional particulars.
Iran denies having any typical armed forces in Syria, however has acknowledged navy advisers and volunteers from the Revolutionary Guards are there to assist Assad’s forces.
Iraq has good relations with Iran and Russia, Assad’s fundamental backers in the Syrian conflict, and in addition enjoys sturdy assist from the U.S.-led coalition.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared remaining victory over ISIS in December however it nonetheless operates from pockets alongside the border with Syria and has continued to hold out ambushes, assassinations and bombings throughout Iraq.
The group has resorted to guerrilla ways because it deserted its objective of holding territory and making a self-sufficient caliphate that straddles Iraq and Syria.
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