Iraqi, Syrian governments begin joint airstrikes against ISIL

Published June 15th, 2014 - 03:00 GMT

The Syrian government has begun coordinated airstrikes with the Iraqi government against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), AFP reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the air strikes have been more intense than ever.

“The regime air force has been pounding ISIL’s bases, including those in the northern province of Raqa and Hasakeh in the northeast,” areas that border Iraq, according to AFP.

The air strikes are in response to the ISIL’s capture of Iraqi army equipment. ISIL reportedly “brought into Syria heavy weapons including tanks,” reports AFP.

Both the Syrian and Iraqi governments are currently fighting ISIL. The radical jihadist group seeks to establish an Islamic state stretching across the Iraq-Syria border.


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