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.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Max Baker
5 years ago

How much does a pave way cost compared to a mortar

I u destabilising d that it’s the lives being saved.. But could we not use a cheaper bomb to hit targets… The Russians use unguided weapons that I have u destroy to kill civilians as well.. But is there something g in the middle??

Gareth Walton
5 years ago
Reply to  Max Baker

Unfortunately not….

Gareth Walton
5 years ago
Reply to  Max Baker

A Paveway costs £22k each, and a brimstone costs £105k each. With the payload of a typhoon/tornado they carry just over £500k worth of big bangs!!

Max Baker
5 years ago
Reply to  Max Baker

Makes you wonder if it would be cheaper to have a groundwar… Probably not but the civilian deaths is unacceptable… The videos of children lying in their own blood and guts makes me think we have to try something else