UK uses Tornados to strike ISIS strongholds in Syria and Iraq

4 December 2015 (Last Updated December 4th, 2015 06:41)

The Royal Air Force is continuing its air strikes in Syria and Iraq with Tornado and Reaper aircraft.

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The Royal Air Force is continuing its air strikes in Syria and Iraq with Tornado and Reaper aircraft.

Armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, the Tornados conducted hit six targets on an oilfield at Omar, which is one of the most important oilfields to Daesh terrorist network's financial operations.

The operation was supported by a Voyager air refueling tanker, a Reaper, and coalition aircraft.

Two Tornado GR4s conducted an armed areal investigation over eastern Syria, while two GR4s patrolled over western Iraq.

According to the Ministry of Defence, a terrorist sniper team opened fire on Iraqi troops who were engaged with the British forces in combating Daesh in and around Ramadi.

However, the sniper was taken down by a Paveway IV guided bomb.

"This will take time but I am very pleased that a clear and decisive majority was attained to target the group, which is a menace to us here in the UK."

The RAF Tornado and Reaper aircraft that have been conducting air strikes against Daesh have been reinforced by a detachment of Typhoon fighters, which are also carrying Paveway IV precision guided bombs.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "We have come to the aid of France and responded to the call of the United Nations.

"This will take time but I am very pleased that a clear and decisive majority was attained to target the group, which is a menace to us here in the UK."

The country began air strikes in Syria after the parliament approved the action earlier this week.


Image: Tornado GR4. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.