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.
In a statement announcing the action, officials said the strike was approved by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the commander in chief of Iraq’s armed forces.
The strike demonstrates Iraq’s commitment to destroy Islamic State remnants who continue to threaten its citizens, task force officials said, adding that the operation was planned and executed by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command with intelligence support from the coalition.
“This operation highlights the capabilities of Iraq’s armed forces to aggressively pursue [Islamic State] and to maintain their country’s internal security,” said US Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Robert B. Sofge, the task force’s deputy commanding general of operations.
“The strikes against ISIS gangs were conducted due to the risk posed by these gangs against Iraqi territory, and demonstrates the increased capabilities of our valiant armed forces in the pursuit and elimination of terrorism,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said in a statement.
“Our heroic forces and fighters, in their pursuit of terrorist gangs, saved many lives and thwarted ISIS plans, dismantling its terrorist death machine. These strikes will help speed up the elimination of these gangs in the region after we eliminated them in Iraq,” it added.”