A Reaper was again patrolling over the Tigris provided surveillance support to a coalition air strike that destroyed an Islamic State headquarters building.

The Reaper then turned its attention to several groups of extremists out in the open.

Hellfire attacks struck one mortar team and two groups of terrorists. A few survivors of the attacks then boarded a motorboat, hoping to make their escape across the Tigris, but a fourth Hellfire sank them at the mooring.

Recently the Ministry of Defence revealed that British aircraft have carried out more than a thousand air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“Daesh is firmly on the back foot. RAF jets are hitting them hard, driving them back and helping local forces recapture territory.

This vital work is freeing innocent civilians from a brutal regime, while keeping our streets safe at home.”

Over 3,000 armed sorties have now been flown since operations started in 2014.

In addition to armed aircraft, the Royal Air Force have deployed Sentinel battlefield surveillance aircraft, Sentry AEW&C aircraft, Voyager tanker aircraft, Atlas, Globemaster and Hercules transport aircraft in addition to RC-135W Airseeker reconnaissance aircraft and other platforms.

Operation Shader is the operational code name given to the British participation in the ongoing military intervention against the Islamic State.

The operation began in Iraq on the 26th of September 2014, following a formal request for assistance by the Iraqi government.

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