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Iraqi forces shelled Daesh on Syrian soil

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) –¬†At the behest of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi army F-16s led “deadly attacks” on Daesh positions in Syria on Thursday, Fars News quoted local sources as saying.

The Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office announced today in a media statement that, on the orders of Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi armed forces, Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi planes have carried out “deadly” attacks against Daesh, from the Iraqi-Syrian border.

According to the news website Al-Forat News, the reason for these attacks is “the danger that this terrorist group represents for Iraq”.

“Our troops saved lives and thwarted Daesh’s plans. After the end of Daesh in Iraq, these airstrikes in Syria will accelerate its end in the region,” reads the statement.

The strikes were carried out by the F-16s of the Iraqi army, in coordination with the government of Damascus.

The Iraqi prime minister said yesterday that Iraqi security forces were pursuing Daesh in the region, not only in Iraq. Last November, he ordered the army to face any terrorist attack by Daesh even if it came from inside Syria.

Earlier, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem asked in a letter to his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari to continue the coordination between Damascus and Baghdad to fight terrorism and common threats.

In another part, Abu Moussa al-Mosalmawi, head of the Hachd al-Shaabi command, denied the takeover of the village of Alamlouk, north-east of Mosul by Daesh. “Some media have reported Daesh’s hand on the village of Alamlouk, which is totally false. I can assure you that Daesh does not even occupy an inch of Mosul,” he said.