RAF jets in first bombing raids on ISIS
RAF jets last night made their first attacks against two Islamic State targets in Iraq.
In the first attacks since Parliament approved military action on Friday, two “precision strikes” were launched and both were “successful”, the MoD said.
It said two Tornados were on an “armed reconnaissance mission” when they were asked to help Kurdish troops in north-west Iraq who were under attack.
The targets were an IS “heavy weapon position” and an “armed pick-up truck”.
The MoD said the Tornado jets were on a mission from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus when they were sent to help the Kurdish fighters against IS – a militant group also known as Isil and Isis.
An MoD statement said: “On arriving overhead, the RAF patrol, using their Litening III targeting pod, identified an Isil heavy weapon position which was engaging Kurdish ground forces.
“One Paveway IV guided bomb was used to attack the Isil position.
“Following this engagement, the patrol identified an Isil armed pick-up truck in the same area and conducted an attack on the vehicle using a Brimstone missile.
“An initial assessment indicates both precision strikes were successful.”