Iraq conducts 1st flight with coalition at Syria border

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Ibrahim Salih and Ali Muhammed</p> <p>BAGHDAD (AA) – Iraqi F-16 fighter jets conducted their first flight alongside the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh above the Iraqi-Syrian border, the Iraqi Air Force said early Saturday.</p> <p>The statement said the flight was part of a defensive mission.</p> <p>It added that it was aimed at increasing the capabilities of the Iraqi Air Force.</p> <p>Gen. Brook Leonard, the coalition's director of air operations, was quoted in the statement as saying that the Iraqi Air Force was continuing to build up its capabilities.</p> <p>He said advisors from the coalition are working with their Iraqi counterparts to coordinate operations against the Daesh terrorist organization.</p> <p>The Iraqi government announced in December 2017 that its war against Daesh was over and the territories it controlled had been seized.</p> <p>*Writing by Fatih Hafiz Mehmet</p> <p>