It has emerged that Typhoon jets went into combat earlier this month to assist Iraqi ground forces under fire from Islamic State.
The Ministry of Defence say that on Monday the 6th of September, Iraqi ground forces conducting security operations approximately thirty miles south of Erbil came under fire from a Daesh position in an area of heavy vegetation.
“Two RAF Typhoon FGR4s responded to a call for assistance and, working closely with the ground forces to ensure no risks were posed to either them or any civilians, used a single Paveway IV guided bomb to successfully eliminate the threat.”
Royal Air Force aircraft continue to fly armed reconnaissance missions as part of the coalition against Daesh to support the Iraqi Security Forces “keeping their country safe from Daesh terrorism”.
While British aircraft contiunue to patrol over Iraq, activity is less than it was in previous years. Back in January 2019, the number of airstrikes carried out in Iraq and Syria was described as “second only to the United States”. The operation is the most intense flying mission the RAF has undertaken in 25 years.
The most recent strike about which information has bene published happened on the 11th of May when Iraqi security forces encountered a group of Daesh terrorists in a strong defensive position some twenty five miles south west of Mosul.
“Coming under heavy small arms fire from the terrorists, the Iraqi troops requested air support from the global coalition, and a pair of Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s responded promptly. Liaising closely with the Iraqis, our aircraft attacked the Daesh terrorists with two Paveway IV precision guided bombs. The bombs hit the target and eliminated a number of the Daesh extremists. The Iraqi forces were then able to assault the position successfully and overwhelm the few remaining terrorists.”