According to NBC News, Iraqi Air Forces bombed ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, the first time the government of Haidar al-Abadi has admitted to targeting the extremists group beyond its own borders.
The F16 airstrikes on the towns of Boukamal and Husseibah were in response to two attacks, on Feb. 15 and 16, that killed dozens in Baghdad.
The Iraqi Air Force targeted ISIS positions in Syria “for the first time,” Iraq’s military announced via a written statement. “Iraqi Intelligence was able to chase those terrorists who were behind the latest terrorist attacks in Baghdad.”
Iraq has been fighting ISIS since 2014 when it stormed and conquered swaths of the country as well as neighboring Syria. In the past year, Iraq has forced the extremists out of much of the country’s territory.
It should be mentioned, that Iraqi officials did not say whether the mission was carried in coordination with the government of Bashar al-Assad.