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Iraqi air force destroys ISIS command center in Syria

By Sheetal Sukhija, Iraq News
15 May 2018, 07:45 GMT+10

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi military said on Monday that the country’s air force had carried out a strike on an Islamic State (ISIS) position in Syria.

According to the statement, the strike was ordered by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and had managed to destroy a building used as a command and logistics support center by the terrorist group.

Iraqi State media said that over the last year, the country’s air force has already carried out several air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.

Adding that all the strikes have been carried out with the approval of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State.

Last month, Abadi said he would "take all necessary measures if they threaten the security of Iraq," referring to the militants who just three years ago overran a third of Iraq.

In December last year, the prime minister declared final victory over the ultra hardline group even though the group still poses a threat from pockets along the border with Syria.

ISIS has also continued to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings across Iraq.

Abadi-led Iraq has maintained good relations with Iran and Russia, which are Assad's main backers in the seven-year-old Syrian civil war.

The country has also enjoyed strong support from the U.S.-led coalition operating in the region.

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