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Iraq Says Its Warplanes Targeted IS Commanders In Syria

Iraqi warplanes have carried out a raid targeting commanders of the extremist group Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's office said in a statement issued on May 6.

The strike targeted a position used by the commanders of the group, south of the town of Deshaisha, the statement said.

"The position was completely destroyed," it said.

Iraq has conducted air raids against IS in Syria several times since last year, with the approval of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State.

Abadi declared victory over IS in December.

But the extremist group remains a threat from pockets along the border with Syria and has continued to carry out bombings across Iraq.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and Al-Jazeera

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