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Iraqi warplanes target ISIS extremists in Syria

Iraqi warplanes carried out a raid Sunday (May 6th) targeting "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) commanders in eastern Syria, in the second such strike on the group since mid-April, AFP reported.

PM Haider al-Abbadi ordered the "painful strike" which targeted "a meeting of ISIS commanders south of al-Dushashiya in Syrian territory", the premier's office said.

F-16 fighter jets were used in the early morning strike and the raid was "successful", the spokesman of Iraq's Security Media Centre, Brig. Gen. Yehya Rasul said.

The security media centre later published a video showing an explosion in the building apparently targeted by the planes, in the middle of an avenue of trees.

Al-Dushashiya is in a desert region of Syria's al-Hasakeh province, where an Arab-Kurd alliance is fighting the extremists.

In co-ordination with coalition forces, F-16s from the Iraqi air force led strikes against a command post of ISIS, 10 kilometres from the Iraqi border inside Syria, said Gen. Mohammed al-Askari, an adviser to Iraq's defence ministry.

"This attack took place following a meeting of several ISIS commanders who were planning terrorist operations on Syrian or Iraqi territory," he said.

The target "was completely destroyed and all the officials there were killed", he said, without giving a death toll.

"This is not the last strike in Syria. They will continue, in relation to the activities of ISIS."

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