Iraq's air force carried out "deadly" airstrikes on so-called Islamic State positions inside neighbouring Syria, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said.
           
The airstrikes were launched "from the Iraqi side of the border", it said in a statement and were carried out in coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

An Iraqi military spokesman said F16 crossed into Syria to carry out the strikes

Separately, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that Syrian rebels were preventing inspectors for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from reaching the town of Douma, the RIA news agency reported.