Baghdad, IRAQ– Iraq is carrying out massive air raids inside the Syrian territories to eliminate chief of the Islamic State (ISIS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an Iraqi lawmaker announced to reporters.
MP Abdel Aziz Hassan, the rapporteur of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, told SNG agency that the federal government in Baghdad received intelligence reports about the presence of a number of ISIS leaders at a border area between Iraq and Syria, Iraqi News reports.
According to Hassan, “Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is expected to be at one of ISIS sites inside Syria,” adding that the Iraqi government will seek Syria’s approval first before launching the raid.
Earlier in the day, Iraqi warplanes killed Abu Luqman al-Suri, a notorious ISIS leader who is believed to be the deputy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an airstrike on terrorist hotbeds in Syria.
Al-Suri was in a meeting with other Islamic State leaders at a building inside the Syrian territories when Iraqi jets targeted them.
Al-Baghdadi emerged as leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, one of the groups that later became Islamic State, in 2010. In October 2011, the US officially designated Baghdadi as a terrorist. It has offered a reward of up to $25m for information leading to his capture or death.
As many as 36 Islamic State (ISIS) militants were killed on Sunday after US-led coalition Iraqi warplanes targeted their terrorist hotbed located in Syria, a spokesman for the Iraqi Security Media Council was quoted as saying.
Alghdad Press quoted Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool as saying in a statement that Iraqi Air Forces launched a series of airstrikes on Syrian territories using F-16 jets to eliminate Islamic State terrorists, who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Iraq.
According to the statement, the air raids left 36 IS militants dead, including six senior leaders who were gathering at one of their hotbeds inside Syria, Iraqi News reports.
On Thursday, the media office of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Iraqi F-16 jets carried out deadly airstrikes against Islamic State locations in Syria from the Iraqi borders side.
Dozens were killed in the attack.
This came after Abadi said on Wednesday that security troops will follow ISIS militants in the whole region, not only in Iraq.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq last December, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.
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