Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said Monday Iraq's air force was chasing terrorists beyond borders, the premier's media office said in a statement.
The statement congratulated Abadi, the leadership and personnel of the Iraqi Air Force, on the 87th anniversary of its founding.
Iraqi F16 fighter jets launched raids on state-run sites in Syria on Thursday, according to a government statement.
"The air force is pursuing today terrorists and striking them out of the border to secure the country from their evils and schemes," he said.
"I extend my warmest greetings and congratulations to the leadership and staff of the Air Force," Abbadi said in the statement. "The arm, which was a support and a key partner in the victory that was achieved, it provided air cover for our military units," the statement read.
Abbadi hailed the heroic positions and the great sacrifices the Air Force had made that "freed our cities and restored the security and stability of our beloved country".