A Royal Air Force Reaper unmanned aircraft has taken out an Islamic State drone operator and his drone on the ground.
On Sunday the 14th January, a Reaper spotted a drone team identified during the week by other aircraft; on this occasion, the extremists attempted to conceal themselves in a building, but could be seen controlling the drone from the top-floor window.
A Hellfire missile was directed accurately through the window say the Ministry of Defence.
By September 2017, the Ministry of Defence had announced that over 1,000 personnel were engaged in theatre and that the Royal Air Force had conducted around 900 airstrikes, flying over 2,200 sorties, killing 3,000 Islamic State fighters.
It was recently reported that the Royal Air Force is operating at its most intense for 25 years in a single theatre of operation which far outstripped the UK involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan – RAF jets have dropped 11 times more bombs (1,276 strikes) on Syria and Iraq in the preceding 12 months than they had in the busiest year of action in Afghanistan a decade previously.
The MoD says the operation has cost the UK taxpayers £265 million so far.