|Iraqi army attacks ISIL militants inside Syria, 8 killed||
Iraqi army helicopters attacked a convoy belonging to a terrorists group inside eastern Syria, killing at least eight militants.
Iraq’s Interior Ministry confirmed the report, saying that the militants tried to approach the border, but following the attack by Iraqi helicopters some eight militants have been killed, an interior ministry spokesman said.
"The army struck eight tanker trucks in Wadi Suwab inside Syrian territory as they were trying to enter Iraqi territory to provide the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with fuel," Brigadier General Saad Maan said, according to AFP.
It was the first time Iraq's military has said it carried out an attack in Syria, and Maan said "there was no coordination with the Syrian regime" over the strike.
"Our responsibility now is to protect our border and to protect the border from the other side, because there is no protection from the other side," Maan said.
The vehicles were travelling to the western Iraqi border province of Anbar, where ISIS has been battling Iraqi security forces and controls the city of Fallujah.
The group has also launched bombings in the capital Baghdad, including an attack on a Shiite political rally on Friday that killed 36 people.
In December, Iraqi armed forces engaged a ‘terrorist group’ that used 20 vehicles and more than two dozen motorcycles to slip into Iraq’s Anbar Province, bordering Syria.
The Iraqi forces pushed the militants back after a two-hour clash.
The foreign-backed insurgency in Syria has had spillover effects in neighboring countries, including Lebanon and Iraq.
In addition to infiltration attempts by militant groups, Iraq is also witnessing bombings and shooting attacks on an almost regular basis.
The Baghdad government has blamed Saudi-linked al-Qaeda terrorists for the carnage.
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