The Iraqi air force deployed F-16 fighter jets into Syrian airspace to hit multiple ISIS targets along the Iraq-Syria border, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said, according to Reuters.
"Carrying out air strikes on Daesh gangs in Syrian territories is because of the dangers posed by said gangs to Iraqi territories and is proof of the improved capabilities of our armed forces," the Iraqi military said in a statement, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
The strikes "will accelerate the elimination" of ISIS in the region, the military added.
Close coordination with Assad reflects Baghdad's willingness to work with whatever regional governments that have a mutual interest in the destruction of ISIS. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will "take all necessary measures if they threaten the security of Iraq," he said earlier this month, referring to ISIS, which at one point occupied nearly a third of the country.