TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iraq launched an airstrike on a Daesh target inside neighboring Syria Thursday, the military said.

F-16 fighter jets destroyed a building where members of the terror group’s leadership were operating, it said in a statement.

Daesh, which once occupied a third of Iraq’s land, has been defeated in the country but still poses a threat along its border with Syria.

“Iraqi F-16 jets bombed this morning Thursday a so-called command and control center containing leaders and fighters belonging to the Daesh terrorist gang in the Hajin inside Syrian territory,” the statement said, Reuters reported.

The Iraqi air force has carried out several airstrikes against Daesh in Syria since last year, with the approval of the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Daesh in December but it still operates from pockets along the border with Syria and has continued to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings across Iraq.