Iraqi Jets Kill Forty-Five IS Members in Syria
At least 45 Islamic State (IS) jihadists were killed in an air strike conducted by the Iraqi warplanes, targeting three houses in the Syrian town of Hajin, used by the militant group’s leaders for meetings, a military source said on Saturday.
“Iraqi F-16 jets carried out a successful air strike that targeted a meeting of Daesh leaders … in the Hajin area within the 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 was quoted by Reuters, using an Arabic acronym for the IS.
According to the military, among those who killed in the strike was the group’s “deputy war minister”, one of its “media emirs”, its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s personal courier and its chief of police, as cited by the news agency.
The Iraqi jets have lately conducted several strikes inside Syria against the extremists. Source