RAF in action against ISIS in Syria
Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to fly daily armed reconnaissance missions over Iraq and eastern Syria as part of the global coalition against the ISIS terrorist movement.
According to a statement by the British Ministry of Defence, on Friday 23 August, an RAF Reaper patrolled over the western deserts of Iraq’s Anbar province, in support of operations by Iraqi security forces to prevent ISIS regaining a foothold in the area.
Two armed terrorists had been identified by another coalition surveillance aircraft, and the Reaper found the pair at a hole dug in the desert floor, believed to be a weapons cache.
A single Hellfire missile was fired by the Reaper’s crew, which struck the terrorists and the concealed weapons.
The statement added that a further strike in support of the Iraqi security forces was conducted by RAF aircraft on 2 September.
ISIS had established a training camp in northern Iraq at a cluster of buildings in the desert, some 25 miles south-west of Ash Sharqat. Six specific targets amongst the buildings were identified, and two Typhoon FGR4s, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, were duly dispatched from RAF Akrotiri.
A coalition surveillance aircraft had kept a close watch on the site and confirmed that there was no sign of any civilians being present, whereupon all six targets were struck by the Typhoons.