Washington Post: Iraqi jets strike Islamic State in Syria for first time as troops advance in Mosul
IRBIL — Iraqi warplanes have conducted airstrikes on Islamic State targets inside neighboring Syria for the first time, Iraq’s prime minister said Friday, vowing to chase down the militants “everywhere” as Iraqi forces opened new fronts in the city of Mosul.
The strikes in Bukamal inside Syria — and Hussaiba on the Iraqi side of the border — were carried out by U.S.-supplied F-16 fighter jets in response to bombing attacks in the capital Baghdad, said Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
It comes as Iraqi forces reach the final stages of their operation seeking to oust the militants from the northern city of Mosul, the largest remaining stronghold of the group in Iraq. Police forces finished clearing the city’s airport southwest of Mosul on Friday before storming a neighborhood on the western side of the city.
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