The Iraqi Air Force has carried out its first counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) air operations using the F-16 fighter aircraft, The Pentagon has announced.

In July, Iraq received the first batch of four US F-16 warplanes. The country ordered 18 F-16s in 2011 and 18 more in 2012.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said: "We commend the Iraqi Air Force for its successful use of this cutting edge aircraft in the international campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.

"We commend the Iraqi Air Force for its successful use of this cutting edge aircraft in the international campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL."

"The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people and we will continue to work with the Government of Iraq on the delivery of the remaining aircraft as they become available within the framework of the production schedule."

The Pentagon said that the US and coalition military forces, coordinated with the Iraqi Government, conducted 17 airstrikes in Iraq using bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

According to staff lieutenant general Anwar Hama Amin, the country conducted airstrikes in Salaheddin and Kirkuk provinces, north of Baghdad, Al Arabiya News reported.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon was initially designed as an air superiority day fighter, but later evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft for precise delivery of ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.

Meanwhile, the coalition forces also conducted four airstrikes in Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group.