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World Iraq carries out air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

15:35  19 april  2018
15:35  19 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Top general: US did not notify Russia on Syria targets

  Top general: US did not notify Russia on Syria targets <p>The United States used its de-confliction phone line with Russia prior to Friday's airstrikes in Syria, but did not tell the Russians what the United States was targeting, the U.S. military's top general said Friday night.</p>"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved, and we used our normal de-confliction channels -- those were active this week -- to work through the airspace issues and so forth," Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said at a Pentagon briefing. "We did not do any coordination with the Russians on the strikes, nor did we pre-notify them.

According to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraq 's air force on Friday carried out its first airstrikes on Islamic State targets inside Syria . The move comes just one day after Iraqi troops seized the Mosul airport from ISIS.

Brussels: US Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed any Iranian military action against militants of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq as "positive" after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain are taking part in the air strikes in Syria .

An F-16 fighter jet sits at Balad air base, north of Baghdad, Iraq, in 2015. F-16s carried out airstrikes as Iraq targeted the Islamic State in Syria on Thursday. © Associated Press, file An F-16 fighter jet sits at Balad air base, north of Baghdad, Iraq, in 2015. F-16s carried out airstrikes as Iraq targeted the Islamic State in Syria on Thursday. Iraq on Thursday carried out air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria a week after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his country would defend itself from militant threats across the border.

F-16 warplanes crossed into Syria to carry out the strikes after coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

"Carrying out air strikes on Daesh gangs in Syrian territories is because of the dangers posed by said gangs to Iraqi territories and is proof of the improved capabilities of our armed forces," the Iraqi military said in a statement.

Netanyahu praises US strikes in Syria, warns about Iran

  Netanyahu praises US strikes in Syria, warns about Iran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled praise for U.S.-led strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday with a warning that Iran's presence there further endangers Syria. U.S., British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes overnight in response to an alleged poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week. U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad’s government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Earlier this week France announced it may carry out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria as an act of self-defense. “We are part of the coalition in Iraq “We started reconnaissance flights [ in Syria ] to enable us to consider air strikes if they were necessary and they will be necessary in Syria .”

Iraq began the first air raids against the “ Islamic state ” in Syria , reports UNN with reference to DW. As the newspaper notes, the first air strikes on ISIS was carried out near the Syrian - Iraqi border. In the Iraqi army stated that the airstrikes were a response to the recent terrorist attacks extremists in

Earlier this month, Abadi had said Iraq would "take all necessary measures if they threaten the security of Iraq," referring to the jihadist militants who just three years ago overran a third of Iraq.

The prime minister declared final victory over the ultra hardline group in December but it still poses a threat from pockets along the border with Syria and has continued to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings across Iraq.

Iraq currently has good relations with Iran and Russia, Assad's main backers in the seven-year Syrian civil war, while also enjoying strong support from the U.S.-led coalition.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; additional reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Raya Jalabi/Mark Heinrich

Syria regime advances against IS in south Damascus: state media .
Syrian regime forces on Friday advanced against Islamic State group jihadists in the south of Damascus, state media said, after more than a week of bombardment on the area. "Army units backed by the air force and artillery have advanced on numerous axes" in southern Damascus, including the district of Hajar al-Aswad, "after breaking through terrorist defences", state news agency SANA said.The advance "inflicted great human and material losses" on the jihadists, it said.Syrian state television said the army was advancing towards Route 30 in Hajar al-Aswad.

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