Bri­tish airstrikes hit IS tar­gets to help Iraqis

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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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