On Monday the 15th of March Typhoons struck three Daesh-held caves in northern Iraq. On the 16th, Typhoons hit two caves and on the 17th Typhoons destroyed two more caves.
The Typhoon jets are deployed as part of Operation Shader.
The Ministry of Defence say in a news release that Iraqi security forces continue to mount operations in northern Iraq to eliminate any groups of Daesh terrorists attempting to regain a foothold in the region.
“Coalition airpower is supporting these operations, and Royal Air Force aircraft have played a significant role, conducting an intensive series of air strikes on Daesh targets south-west of Erbil since 10 March, where the terrorists have sought to establish bases in the numerous caves of the Makhmur mountains.
On Monday 15 March, two Typhoons successfully attacked a cave used by Daesh with Paveway IV guided bombs, and later that day a second Typhoon flight struck two more Daesh-held caves with Paveways. Two more caves, in which Daesh had established a presence, were hit with Paveway IVs on Tuesday 16 March, and a further two such caves were destroyed in like manner on Wednesday 17 March.”
The MoD add that all of the caves were located in a remote, mountainous area, but nevertheless, “very careful checks were made before each strike to ensure that there were no signs of civilians who might be placed at risk”.
What is Operation Shader?
Operation Shader began on the 9th of August 2014, when the Royal Air Force began a series of humanitarian air aid drops onto Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq.
The air drops were ordered following the genocide of the Yazidi people and other ethnic minorities by Daesh in Northern Iraq, which had led to them fleeing onto the mountainside to escape Daesh.
Following the conclusion of the aid drops, the operation quickly changed to become the UK element in the US-led coalition that began the campaign to destroy Daesh. Based out of Cyprus, the Royal Air Force continues to survey and strike targets in Iraq and Syria as part of the Global Coalition under the banner of Op SHADER.
You can read more about the operation here.