“We are determined to chase terrorism that tries to kill our sons and citizens wherever it is found, so we gave orders to the air force command to strike Islamic State positions in Hosaiba and Albu Kamal inside Syrian territory as they were responsible for recent bombings in Baghdad,” Haider al-Abbadi said in a statement. “The heroes of the sky executed the operation and responded to the terrorists with amazing success.”
IS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack that took place on February 16 in southern Baghdad, when a car bomb blast ripped through the area, killing at least 45 and injuring dozens.
Albu Kamal was targeted by the US-led coalition earlier this week. On Thursday, three strikes engaged an IS unit and also destroyed four oil refinement stills and a vehicle.
Later in the day, an Iraqi military commander has confirmed the airstrikes “were successful,” adding that they involved F-16 fighter jets, AP reported.
A seniour security official told Reuters “the strikes targeted Islamic State’s headquarters used for making car bombs in Albu Kamal… after Iraqi intelligence received tips from their sources inside Syria.”
Meanwhile, the Iraqi airstrikes were conducted “in complete coordination” with the Syrian government, a source close to Syria’s foreign ministry told the news agency. The source chose not to elaborate on the issue.