Iraq carries out airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

The Iraqi military said on Friday it had carried out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria. This was the third cross-border aerial operation inside a month in the war-torn neighboring country. “Iraqi F-16 planes carried out [Thursday] morning raids against the headquarters of IS terrorist gang leaders and an explosives depot occupied by terrorists in Syria’s Hajin region,” Iraq’s operations command said, as cited by AFP. Hajin is in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, about 50km from Iraq’s border.