Hawzah News Agency (Dayr al-Zawr, Syria) - "Iraqi F-16 jets carried out a successful airstrike that targeted a meeting of Daesh leaders ... in … Hajin area within Syrian territory. The operation resulted in the complete destruction of the targets, and the killing of around 45 terrorists," the military's joint operations command said in statement on Saturday.
Daesh's "deputy war minister," one of its "media emirs," the personal courier of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the group's chief of police were among those killed, the statement said.
Three houses linked by an underground tunnel were also destroyed, it said, adding that the airstrike was carried out based on "intelligence" and at the request of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The Iraqi Air Force has carried out several such raids against the Takfiri group in Syria since last year.
Iraqi authorities have stated that they work closely with the Syrian government to monitor and target terrorist targets based on the efforts of intelligence and information departments of the security coordination committee formed between Baghdad, Damascus, Tehran and Moscow years ago, as well as coordination with the so-called anti-Daesh coalition led by the US.
Earlier this month, Iraq said it had launched an airstrike against Daesh positions inside the Syrian territory as both neighboring countries step up efforts to get rid of the Takfiri terror group’s remnants.
The Iraqi military said in a statement on June 7 that the Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jets destroyed an undisclosed location where members of the terrorist group were operating.
Daesh started a campaign of terror against Syria and Iraq in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
It, however, lost all of its strongholds in both countries last year thanks to counter-terrorism offensives of the Iraqi and Syrian national armies, backed by their allies.
On December 9, 2017, Abadi declared the end of military operations against Daesh in Iraq.
Iraqi authorities have on occasions stated that they work closely with the Syrian government to monitor and target terrorist targets based on the efforts of intelligence and information departments of the security coordination committee formed between Baghdad, Damascus, Tehran and Moscow years ago, as well as coordination with the so-called US-led anti-Daesh(ISIS) coalition.