Air war rages over Syria and Iraq

Air war rages over Syria and Iraq
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Rebel forces in Idlib claim Syrian government forces have launched a deadly barrel bomb attack on the town of Ariha killing six and injuring many

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Rebel forces in Idlib claim Syrian government forces have launched a deadly barrel bomb attack on the town of Ariha killing six and injuring many more.

As the conflict in Syria rages in neighbouring Iraq coalition air strikes on ISIL positions have intensified with the announcement that Iraqi F-16s have taken part for the first time.

Iraqi forces begins using F-16s against Daesh targets http://t.co/XlPbkVOKQG#Iraq#ISISpic.twitter.com/iIbutue2FV

— Al Bawaba News (@AlBawabaEnglish) September 7, 2015

Khalid al-Obeidi, Iraqi Defence Minister informed the media:” The participation of F-16 fighter planes will have a big impact on the course of the battles in the future, mainly in targeting extremists and ISIL militant hideouts.”

As the defence minister left the news conference his cavalcade came under sniper fire.

The minister was unharmed, but one of his guards has been wounded.

BREAKING: Convoy of #Iraqi defense minister Khalid al-Obeidi hit by sniper in N. #Tikrit, he's unharmed, guard injured - @News_Executive

— Conflict News (@Conflicts) September 7, 2015

According to reports the Iraqi F-16s have carried out 15 guided missile attacks against ISIL since Thursday.

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