February 27, 2017

Iraq Takes the Fight Against ISIS to Syria

By Nicholas Heras

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist(s) Ben Kesling

Iraq’s air force on Friday carried out its first-ever strikes against Islamic State in neighboring Syria, the country’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, marking a dramatic escalation in its effort to roll back the insurgency by pounding a sanctuary across the border.

The attack on foreign territory, even as Iraqi security forces at home slug it out with militants to retake western Mosul, shows how the Iraqi government is shifting its focus to an Islamic State that no longer has a major stronghold within the country.

“We are determined to chase terrorism, which tries to kill our sons and people, any place it exists,” Mr. Abadi said.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...