British airstrikes hit IS targets to help Iraqis
BRITAIN has launched a series of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the battle for Mosul.
Tornados targeted a lorry bomb and an armoured truck operated by the group, which the Government refers to as Daesh, on Monday, the MoD announced.
The next day “a Reaper eliminated a mortar team and a group of Daesh fighters while supporting Iraqi troops pushing into central Mosul,” the Ministry said, as the RAF reported the confusion due to the attack caused Islamic State forces to fire on each other. Also a car bomb was destroyed in the east of Mosul on Wednesday, according to the MoD.
A statement from the Ministry said: “A pair of Tornados patrolled north of Mosul on Monday, assisting Iraqi forces as they cleared Daesh positions near Nineveh.
“The Iraqi troops came under fire from a Daesh-held building, as well as from a small group of extremists.
“The Tornados were able to conduct a simultaneous attack on both targets, demolishing the first building with a Paveway IV guided bomb, and hitting those under the canopy with a Brimstone missile.
“A coalition aircraft had meanwhile identified a lorrybomb nearby. Our Tornados destroyed the target with a second Brimstone.
“RAF aircraft then turned their attention to southern Mosul, where an armoured truck had been spotted. The truck was destroyed.” IT is The Herald’s policy to correct errors as soon as we can and all corrections and clarifications will usually appear on this page.
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