Iraqi strikes in Syria kill 28 Daesh militants

Would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next week’s Muslim Eid Al Adha holiday

Arbil: Iraqi security officials say Iraq’s air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Daesh inside Syria, killing at least 28 militants.


They say one of the two air strikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next week’s Muslim Eid Al Adha holiday.

About 20 militants were killed in that air strike, while eight died in the second one.

Both targets were inside Syria near the Iraqi border.

Iraq announced the strikes on Thursday but details on targets and casualties only emerged on Friday.

The statement said the targets were identified by the Eagles Cell, Iraq’s top counterterrorism agency.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

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