Now Iraq Has Started Bombing Syria Too

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami

The strikes on Daesh positions in Syria were carried out in coordination with Bashar al-Assad's regime, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters.

The Iraqi air force conducted an airstrike near Hajin, Syria, against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists operating near the Iraq-Syria border today, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.

Both governments have been fighting the hardline group, which declared a caliphate on both their territories in 2014 before it was forced back by an worldwide offensive.

The strikes, carried out by Iraqi F-16 warplanes, came a week after Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his country would defend itself from militant threats across the border.

The raids were ordered by the premier "because of the danger they [terrorists] pose to Iraqi territory", the statement said.

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The Iraqi minister of communications, for his part, thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for its assistance to the Iraqi people in suppressing the Daesh terrorist group.

However, the US-led coalition reportedly provided "intelligence" for Iraq's airstrikes on Thursday.

Iraq officially declared victory over the Daesh* on December 9, 2017, after last of its troops were driven from the country and control over the border with Syria was restored.

Iraq now has good relations with Iran and Russia, Assad's main backers in the seven-year-old Syrian civil war, while also enjoying strong support from the US-led coalition.

After losing major territory across its self-established caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organisation has continued to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings across Iraq.

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