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    Iraqi Military Airstrikes Kill 45 Daesh Militants

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    Iraq has been carrying out strikes against Daesh in Syria since receiving intelligence involving security threats.

    "Iraqi F-16 jets carried out a successful air strike that targeted a meeting of Daesh leaders … in the Hajin area within Syrian territory. The operation resulted in the complete destruction of the targets, and the killing of around 45 terrorists," a Iraqi military statement reads.

    According to the army, those killed in the attack included a Daesh* "deputy war minister," one of its "media emirs," Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's personal courier and Daesh's chief of police.

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    The successful military advance comes in the wake of recent achievements in the area: earlier in June, the Iraqi Air Force destroyed a Daesh command center in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.

    The Iraqi military has been attacking Daesh-controlled border areas in Syria as the country's intelligence regularly reports about security threats.

    Last month, the Iraqi prime minister vowed that the country would "take all necessary measures if they threaten the security of Iraq," referring to the militants.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State) — a terror group banned in Russia.


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