According to an unnamed Damascus source allegedly close to its Foreign Ministry, Iraq’s mission was approved and conducted in “coordination” with Syria’s government. It hasn’t been officially confirmed so what’s going on isn’t clear.
A statement by US-installed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said “(w)e are determined to chase terrorism that tries to kill our sons and citizens wherever it is found, so we gave orders to the air force command to strike Islamic State positions in Hosaiba and Albu Kamal inside Syrian territory as they were responsible for recent bombings in Baghdad.”
Since Bush/Cheney’s 2003 aggression on Iraq, violent incidents occurred regularly in Baghdad and elsewhere, killing around 1,000 or more monthly.
Abbadi claiming he responded to recent bombings in Baghdad, specifically a mid-February car-bombing killing dozens, is nonsense.
US-supported ISIS fighters have been active in Iraq since at least spring 2013, gaining control over parts of the country, including oil-rich Mosul.
Iraqi forces have their hands full dealing with twin enemies – ISIS and America’s military presence, terror-bombing its infrastructure, massacring its people, currently raping and destroying Mosul, not liberating it as claimed.
Iraqi warplanes struck targets in Hosaiba near its border with Syria and Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province.
It’s unknown if this was the first of more attacks to follow.