RAF warplanes wipe out two ISIS sleeper cells in Iraqi mountainsMay 26, 2023
RAF warplanes wipe out two ISIS sleeper cells in Iraqi mountains with 500lb bombs
- RAF Typhoons struck 2 terrorist targets in north-eastern Iraq earlier this month
- UK forces working with Iraqi government to prevent ISIS from re-establishing
Royal Air Force warplanes have wiped out two ISIS sleeper cells in the Iraqi mountains with 500lb bombs.
RAF Typhoons struck two terrorist targets in north-eastern Iraq earlier this month, the Ministry of Defence announced.
UK forces are working with the Iraqi government to prevent the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organisation from re-establishing a presence in the country.
The targets – identified via intelligence reports – hid out in two remote lairs in the Hamrin mountains, where the RAF Typhoons attacked them on May 2.
The MoD statement read: ‘Having confirmed that there was no civilian presence nearby that might be put at risk, the Typhoons employed seven Paveway IV guided bombs in successful precision strikes.’
RAF Typhoons have struck two terrorist targets in north-eastern Iraq earlier this month, the Ministry of Defence announced
The Paveway IV are laser-guided 500lb bombs and were dropped by the 1,500mph jets as part of Operation Shader, which is the MoD’s codename for the military operation against ISIS.
As a key member of the Global Coalition – a unified body of 71 partners committed to defeating Daesh through military action -, the UK has flown more than 8,000 sorties providing strikes, surveillance and reconnaissance, air-to-air refuelling and transport.
The RAF flew the first airstrike against Daesh in 2014 and in the three years to follow, has struck targets from terrorist organisation more than 1,300 times in Iraq.
May 2’s airstrike is the first the RAF has carried out this year, with three strikes flown in 2022, according to the MoD’s strike updates.
More than 5.5 million people have been freed from Daesh’s rule over the years and more than two million displaced Iraqi civilians have returned to their homes, which the RAF and the other coalition members had a big part in.
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