Saturday 20 January 2018

British jets launch strikes against Islamic State

Two RAF Tornado GR4s fly during their first combat mission flown out of Akrotiri, Cyprus
Two RAF Tornado GR4s fly during their first combat mission flown out of Akrotiri, Cyprus
Two RAF Tornado GR4s fly during their first combat mission flown out of Akrotiri, Cyprus

James Tapsfield

British jets have launched strikes against Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq for the first time, it has been announced.

RAF Tornadoes successfully destroyed a heavy weapons post and vehicle with a mounted machinegun in support of Kurdish troops, the Ministry of Defence said.

The attacks came as the fighters flew their sixth sortie since Parliament authorised UK involvement in the international military campaign last week.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "I can confirm that the RAF were in action today in support of the Iraqi government in north west Iraq.

"Two GR4 Tornados from RAF Akrotiri were tasked to assist Kurdish troops who were under attack by Isil terrorists.

"They identified and attacked a heavy weapon position that was endangering Kurdish forces and they subsequently attacked an Isil armed pickup truck in the same area.

"Both Tornados have now returned safely to their base, and initial assessment is that both attacks were successful."

Press Association

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