BAGHDAD: Iraqi army helicopters hit a jihadist convoy in eastern Syria on Sunday, killing at least eight, in a show of strength just days before the country’s first general election since 2010.
It was the first strike inside Syria claimed by Iraq since the three-year uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted in March 2011.
The conflict has spilt across the border, contributing to the most dramatic rise of violence in Iraq since the country’s 2006-2008 sectarian war, with more than 600 people killed so far this month.
Meanwhile, Iraqis living overseas began voting in the parliamentary election in which Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is seeking a third term despite worsening sectarian tensions at home, rampant corruption and high unemployment.
Polling day inside Iraq is Wednesday…