Typhoons struck Daesh targets in caves in northern Iraq on Friday before returning on Sunday.
RAF aircraft deployed as part of Operation Shader were again in action on Friday the 12th of March, when they struck another group of caves used by Daesh, with eight Paveway IV bombs; and again on Sunday the 14th of March, when six Paveway IVs were employed against Daesh-held caves in the same remote, mountainous area.
“On each occasion, our aircrew have exercised their utmost care in checking there were no signs of civilians in the area before conducting the strikes and subsequent surveillance to ensure their successful completion.”
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.