RAF pilots have now flown more than 2800 missions in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State, striking 865 times in Iraq and over 50 times in Syria.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has also praised the decisive difference made by the RAF in the liberation of Fallujah. Speaking at the Royal United Service Institute’s (RUSI) annual airpower conference in London, Mr Fallon said the RAF had not operated at such a sustained operational tempo in a single conflict for a quarter of a century.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“The RAF has not operated at this sustained operational tempo in a single theatre of conflict for a quarter of a century.
Our tempo and commitment to the operation – our precision targeting, our Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and our overall support to the coalition – shows no sign of abating.
Our aircraft played a key role in the liberation of Fallujah. I pay tribute to the outstanding work of all RAF personnel involved.”
The following recent strikes have taken place:
Monday 4 July – Typhoons attacked Daesh positions in northern Iraq, destroying rocket-launchers and a terrorist muster point.
Tuesday 5 July – Typhoons destroyed a mortar team and ammunition in northern Iraq.
Wednesday 6 July – Tornados attacked an improvised Daesh river crossing, while a Reaper struck a terrorist observation team and a group of fighters.
The details surrounding recent strikes have been released by the MoD:
Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to support Iraqi ground operations near Qayyarah and Sharqat in northern Iraq in recent days.
On Monday 4 July, a pair of Typhoon FGR4s used Paveway IV guided bombs to destroy a number of rocket launchers near Qayyarah. The Typhoons then moved further north and attacked a terrorist muster point some 25 miles south-east of Mosul.
Typhoons were again active near Qayyarah on Tuesday 5 July, where they conducted two successful Paveway IV attacks that destroyed a mortar team and a nearby ammunition stockpile. The Typhoons were two of the fifty coalition aircraft controlled over Syria and Iraq that day by an RAF Sentry E-3D, making its regular contribution to the coalition’s command and control of a round-the-clock air campaign, and were, as ever, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker.
On Wednesday 6 July, Tornado GR4s used Paveway IVs to strike a river crossing near Qayyarah which had been improvised by Daesh following successful coalition attacks against their supply routes. Meanwhile, a Reaper patrolled near Sharqat in support of Iraqi ground forces, and used Hellfire missiles against a motorcycle mounted terrorist observation team. It then struck a group of extremists identified manoeuvring in the open nearby.