RAF jets in first bombing raids on ISIS

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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.”

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