Tornado jets destroyed a stockpile of Islamic State weapons hidden underground in the western deserts of Iraq, the MoD has revealed.
In a release, the Ministry of Defence explain that intelligence operations established that a stockpile of weapons was concealed deep in the western deserts of Anbar province, and two Tornado jets were tasked with its destruction on Friday the 28th of December.
They say that this was accomplished using a pair of Paveway IVs.
In a statement, the MoD said:
“The UK continues to demonstrate its world-leading air capability in the campaign against Daesh’s last major territory, Hajin, with 10 successful air strikes in 19 days over the Christmas period.
A combination of Typhoon and Tornado jets, as well as Reaper drones, supported Syrian Democratic Forces on the ground, as Daesh continue to be pushed underground.”
Background on Operation Shader
By September last year, the Ministry of Defence had announced that over 1,000 personnel were engaged in theatre and that the Royal Air Force had conducted around 1,000 airstrikes, flying over 2,800 sorties, killing over 3,000 Islamic State fighters.
Last year, it was reported that the Royal Air Force was 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.