The Syrian Air Force, tipped off by the Iraqi intelligence, launched a major assault on ISIL’s most important bases in Raqqa city for the second day in a row, Iraq’s Joint Operation Command announced in a statement on Sunday.
The statement released on the Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi website said the Syrian air force received valuable information from the Iraqi military intelligence units within the quadrilateral Intelligence Sharing Center.
It added that based on the intel the Syrian warplanes launched repeated combat sorties over ISIL’s largest positions in Raqqa with the most prominent suicide and military commanders inside them.
Elam al-Harbi further added that ISIL’s Hasaba (monitoring forces) base, Financial Council, ISIL’s Religious Board Center and the terrorist group’s Economic Council were destroyed in the air raids.
In the meantime, two hideouts of ISIL in Raqqa were targeted and destroyed in the airstrikes, the statement said, adding that two senior ISIL commander killed in the assault.
In a similar attack, the Syrian fighter jets, informed by Iraq’s military intel, also launched massive airstrikes on ISIL’s positions along the two countries’ bordering areas in the same region on Saturday, destroying the terrorist group’s most important bases in Raqqa province.
The Arabic language Elam al-Harbi news website reported that the Syrian air force attacked ISIL bases in Raqqa city, the town of Bu Kamal and the village of al-Dashisheh near the Iraqi border which sheltered several notorious commanders of the terrorist group after being informed of their hideouts by the Iraqi intelligence organization.
It also added that after the attacks, one of the terrorists’ bases, namely ISIL’s Assembly Council, in Raqqa and the group’s command center in Bu Kamal were both smashed.
Meantime, the ISIL center for ruling different parts of the militant-controlled areas in Syria’s Bu Kamal region was destroyed.
Also, during the operations, a large number of ISIL suicide bombers and foreign militants in the village of al-Dashisheh in the Southern parts of Hasaka province who sought to enter Iraq through Tal al-Safouk border checkpoint were targeted. Early battlefield reports said the terrorists sustained heavy casualties in the strike.
The airstrikes were carried out after a senior Syrian officials said that some 5,000 EU nationals are currently fighting in Syria among the ranks of ISIL and other terrorist groups, warning it will be a disaster for European security if the militants are allowed to return home.
“We have statistics that about five thousand terrorists fighting in Syria have come from the EU countries,” Syria’s Deputy Minister of Expatriates and Foreign Affairs Ayman Susan said.
“Imagine that these five thousand terrorists will return to Europe … they can do it,” the diplomat warned.
“This will be a disaster for the security and stability of European countries and their populations.”