Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria carry their weapons during a parade at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yaser Al-Khodor
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Iraqi army helicopters hit a jihadist convoy in eastern Syria Sunday, killing at least eight, in a show of strength just days before the country's first national elections since 2010 .It was the first strike inside Syria claimed by Iraq since the three-year uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted in March 2011 .Sunni radicals ISIS emerged in Iraq in the wake of the US-led invasion in 2003, and later expanded into Syria during the uprising against Assad.The targeted vehicles were apparently travelling to the western Iraqi border province of Anbar, where ISIS has been battling Iraqi security forces.The latest show of force by the government security forces came as voting opened for Iraqis living in 29 countries overseas, including substantial contingents in Britain, Sweden, Jordan, Iran and Germany.
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