British pilots have now flown more than 3000 missions against Islamic State, playing a key role in their ongoing defeat.
The following recent strikes have taken place:
- Thursday 14 July – Typhoons destroyed an armoured vehicle and a maintenance crane in northern Iraq.
- Friday 15 July – Typhoons attacked a terrorist mortar position in north-western Iraq.
- Sunday 17 July – Typhoons bombed a weapons store near Ramadi.
- Monday 18 July – Typhoons struck a group of terrorist targets in western Iraq.
- Tuesday 19 July – Tornados and Typhoons hit mortar positions in northern Iraq.
The Ministry of Defence go into further detail on the strikes in a press release:
On Thursday 14 July, two Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s patrolling the Mosul area spotted Islamic State personnel using a truck-mounted crane to perform maintenance work on an armoured vehicle. Paveway IV guided bombs destroyed both vehicles with direct hits.
The following day, Typhoons operating further west, conducted a Paveway bomb attack on a mortar position concealed in a tree-line a number of miles south of Sinjar.
Typhoons also patrolled over Anbar province in western Iraq on Sunday 17 July. Some miles north-west of Ramadi, they observed a vehicle being loaded with weapons from a terrorist storehouse. A Paveway IV destroyed both the store and the supply truck.
The next day, again in Anbar Province, Typhoons observed terrorist activity around a tent hidden in a dense palm grove. An attack with a Paveway IV not only struck the terrorists but also set fire to two stockpiles of ammunition and equipment and damaged a truck parked nearby, again under the trees.
On Tuesday 19 July, Tornado GR4s used a Paveway IV against a mortar position near Qayyarah, while Typhoons employed a Paveway bomb to attack another mortar position south-east of Mosul.