Typhoons struck Daesh terrorists based inside caves in northern Iraq on Wednesday, returning again the next day to conduct further attacks.
British Armed Forces are deployed to the Middle East to support counter Daesh operations as part of the 83-member strong Global Coalition.
According to the Royal Air Force:
“The Royal Air Force is continuing to conduct air strikes as required to assist the highly capable Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces to prevent Daesh from re-establishing a meaningful presence in Iraq.”
According to the Ministry of Defence, Iraqi forces recently identified a significant number of Daesh fighters using cave complexes south-west of Erbil.
“The caves identified were assessed to be particularly difficult targets and two RAF Typhoon FGR4s were therefore tasked to conduct strikes in support of ground forces from the highly-capable Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service.”
On Wednesday the 10th of March they conducted surveillance of the area to confirm that there were no signs of civilians who might be placed at risk, before conducting the first attack using Storm Shadow missiles, which had been selected as “the most appropriate weapon for the task”. Following the mission, the Typhoon’s weapons were confirmed to have struck their targets precisely, say the MoD.
Further surveillance efforts confirmed two additional locations in the same area were also occupied by Daesh. Two Typhoons then conducted precision attacks on the extremists at both locations on Thursday 11 March, using six Paveway IV guided bombs.
Storm Shadow is an air-launched cruise missile designed by British, French and Italian companies. The system is manufactured by MBDA at a cost of £790,000 per missile.
You can read more about Storm Shadow at the link below.