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Update: air strikes against Daesh

The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

20 September 2021

Summary

  • Monday 6 September - RAF Typhoons supported ground forces under fire from Daesh in Iraq.

Detail

Royal Air Force aircraft continue to fly armed reconnaissance missions as part of the Global Coalition Against Daesh's work to support the Iraqi Security Forces keeping their country safe from Daesh terrorism.

On Monday 6 September, Iraqi ground forces conducting security operations approximately thirty miles south of Erbil came under fire from a Daesh position in an area of heavy vegetation.

Two RAF Typhoon FGR4s responded to a call for assistance and, working closely with the ground forces to ensure no risks were posed to either them or any civilians, used a single Paveway IV guided bomb to successfully eliminate the threat.

Previous update

On Tuesday 11 May, Iraqi security forces encountered a group of Daesh terrorists in a strong defensive position some twenty five miles south west of Mosul. Coming under heavy small arms fire from the terrorists, the Iraqi troops requested air support from the global coalition, and a pair of Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s responded promptly. Liaising closely with the Iraqis, our aircraft attacked the Daesh terrorists with two Paveway IV precision guided bombs. The bombs hit the target and eliminated a number of the Daesh extremists. The Iraqi forces were then able to assault the position successfully and overwhelm the few remaining terrorists.



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