Anbar, IRAQ –The U.S.-led Coalition jets have abstained from shelling a Syrian region, located near borders with Iraq, where many Islamic State leaders, including the supreme leader, exist, an Iraqi official said on Wednesday.
The reason? We have troops in the area. But that’s not good enough for Farhan Mohamed al-Duleimi, a member of Anbar provincial council who said, “ISIS turned al-Hegeen in Syria, which is 40 kilometers away from Qaim, west of Anbar, to the center of caliphate. Today, there are tens of Iraqi, Syrian and other IS leaders. Leaving such area without being targeted by the U.S. coalition jets is questionable,” he added. “Security leaders urged targeting this area as it threatens the safety of western Anbar.”
Duleimi also added that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is likely to be there in the region, Iraqi News reported.
On Tuesday, the Joint Operations Command said Baghdadi is at Eastern Euphrates region, where U.S. troops are deployed.
On Sunday, Iraqi warplanes launched a new wave of air raids against outposts of the Islamic State group in Syria.
In April, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi denied intentions to intervene within Syrian affairs, saying airstrikes against Islamic State will continue.
Iraq had previously announced launching airstrikes against ISIS locations in Syria. This came after Abadi said security troops will follow ISIS militants in the whole region, not only in Iraq.
The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.
Look, we are all for helping you people but aren’t going to fire missiles at our own troops.
Be thankful for what we have done already and fight your fricking war.
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