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Belgium to begin airstrikes against IS in Syria: PM spokesperson

Belgium will extend its F-16 airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq into Syria, the government said Friday, as it grapples with the fallout from deadly IS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March.

world Updated: May 13, 2016 22:08 IST
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A fighter from the Iraqi pro-government forces looks towards the Albu Aitha bridge north of Ramadi following an attack a military source said was carried out by the Islamic State (IS) group, on May 12.(AFP)

Belgium will extend its F-16 airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq into Syria, the government said Friday, as it grapples with the fallout from deadly IS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March.

“In accordance with UN Resolution 2249, the engagement will be limited to those areas of Syria under the control of IS and other terrorist groups,” a spokesperson for Prime Minister Charles Michel told AFP after a cabinet meeting.

First Published: May 13, 2016 22:07 IST