Royal Air Force Tornado and Typhoon combat aircraft have been carrying out sorties against Islamic State snipers targeting allied troops.
Earlier, Tornado jets struck a target scoring a direct hit with a Paveway IV guided bomb which left the building ablaze according to the MoD.
Later, two mixed pairs of Tornado and Typhoon jets, supported by a Voyager tanker, provided close air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces pushing into Raqqa and to the Iraqi troops clearing remaining Islamic State positions in west Mosul.
A Brimstone missile accounted for a sniper team in Raqqa, and a Paveway similarly dealt with snipers in Mosul.
Referring to the possibility of civilian casualties, the RAF said:
“The RAF is continuing to support Iraqi forces in their effort to liberate western Mosul. While the operating environment in the city is very challenging, particularly given the closely-packed buildings, very narrow streets, and the density of the urban population, our aircrew have continued to deliver precision strikes in close support of Iraqi troops on the ground.
Daesh’s current tactics, including the illegal use of civilians as human shields, and fighting from sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods, increases the risk to innocent life.
While no military operations come without risk, particularly in dense urban environments and against such inhuman Daesh tactics, the RAF continues to take all steps necessary to minimise civilian casualties.”
Imagery and quotes via the Ministry of Defence.