Iraq angered over Syrian air strike

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ANBAR, Iraq - An alleged Syrian government airstrike on the Iraqi border town of Al Qaim which killed 20 people and injured 25 on Tuesday has been condemned by the local Iraqi government.

The head of the Anbar provincial assembly, Sabah Karhut have asked the UN and Arab League to start an investigation into the incident and to stop Syrian warplanes hovering over Iraq, targeting the civillians. 

Al Qaim was seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants, backed by tribal fighters, at the weekend.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, who already control parts of Syria, have extended their reach into Iraq since June 10 when they seized Iraq's second-largest city Mosul and have captured a number of other cities in the north including Tikrit and Tal Afar. They also reportedly control Al Qaim, Rawah, Anah, Al Ratba and Haditha in the western province of Al Anbar.

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