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US: Syria may have launched airstrikes in Iraq

Members of the Iraqi security forces take their positions during an intensive security deployment west of Baghdad June 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)

WASHINGTON: A U.S. official says that there are indications Syria launched airstrikes into western Iraq yesterday to slow the Al-Qaeda-inspired insurgency fighting both the Syrian and Iraqi governments.

The group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), had been fighting along with rebels opposed to President Bashar Assad and has since moved swiftly into Iraq, taking numerous cities in northern and western Iraq.

The U.S. official said that the strikes appear to be the work of the Assad government but offered no other details.

The official also said that Iran has been flying surveillance drones in Iraq. Meanwhile, the U.S. is sending military advisers to assist Iraq. The official spoke only on grounds of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

 

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