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Syrian warplane airstrikes on targets inside Western Iraq have left at least 50 people dead and 132 injured, an official and doctor in the region say.
An official in Iraq’s Anbar province and Mohammed Al Qubaisi, a doctor in the area’s main hospital, told The Wall Street Journal that missiles fired from what appeared to be Syrian warplanes hit a market, a bank and a municipal building on Tuesday.
They added that it was the second consecutive day of airstrikes. Syria has joined Iran in helping Iraq’s government fight the Al Qaeda breakaway group known as the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria/Levant, or ISIS, the newspaper reported.
A senior Iraqi military official told The Associated Press that Syrian warplanes bombed militants’ positions Tuesday in and near the border crossing in the town of Qaim. He said Iraq’s other neighbors — Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — were all bolstering flights just inside their airspace to monitor the situation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.