On Monday, the command of the Iraqi Armed Forces reported on the elimination of 30 commanders of the Daesh [ISIS] terrorist group as a result of an air strike on the Syrian village of al-Susah in the eastern desert province of Deir ez-Zor.
“Today, Iraqi F-16 aircraft have carried out a painful and powerful airstrike on al-Susah in Syrian territory. The target has been completely eliminated — a two-storey house used as a shelter for terrorists and a meeting place”, Iraqi Air Force said in a statement, stressing that “30 top Daesh officers” were holding a meeting in the building at the time.
The village of al-Susah is on the outskirts of the city of Hajin, one of the last bastions of Daesh in Syria. The Kurdish-led and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are taking part in the fighting for the liberation of the city along with the international coalition, which operates in Syria without authorization from the country’s authorities.
On Sunday, the Iraqi Armed Forces received authorization from Syrian President Bashar Assad to attack Daesh’s positions on Syrian territory, without having to reconcile their actions with Damascus.
Earlier in December, Iraqi planes hit a meeting of Daesh fighters in the area, claiming they killed some 44 militants.
The Syrian War has been raging since 2011, with government troops fighting against numerous Arab Gulf, Israeli and Western armed opposition and terrorist organizations.
The Russian Aerospace Forces have been supporting the Syrian government forces in their fight against the terrorists since 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. In late 2017, a victory over the Daesh terrorist group was announced in Syria, but some minor areas of the country continue to be held by the terrorist organization. It is expected that a final and complete victory over ISIS will be achieved in the year despite Washington’s supposed withdrawal from Syria.