Typhoon jets have eliminated an Islamic State observation post in eastern Syria.
Typhoons patrolled the Hajin area on Wednesday the 7th of November, according to a news release. An observation post was identified to the north-east of the town, and destroyed using a single Paveway.
On Saturday the 10th of November, a further Typhoon patrol was directed to attack a large building in Hajin, which had been confirmed to be a Islamic State logistics facility and a supposed “safe house” for their extremists.
“A careful check was made of the surrounding area, and then, there being no signs of civilians nearby, two Paveway IVs were guided onto the target.”
Background on Operation Shader
The total cost of British operations against Islamic State was recently revealed.
Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South, asked in a Ministry of Defence written question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the fight against Daesh.”
Mark Lancaster, The Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, replied:
“The net additional cost of counter-Daesh operations in Financial Year 2017-18 was £583.1 million.”
Additional costs in previous years are as follows:
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.
Last year, it was 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.
As of April 2017, 37 Hellfire missiles, 20 Brimstone missiles, 30 unspecified/other armaments were used in the operation against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.