U.K. Jets Strike Islamic State in Iraq for First TimeEddie Buckle
British warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Iraq today for the first time since Parliament approved military action against the Sunni militant group four days ago.
Two Tornado jets on an armed reconnaissance mission from the Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri in Cyprus were sent to help Kurdish troops in northwest Iraq, who were under attack from Islamic State militants, the Ministry of Defence in London said in a statement on its website.
The jets used a Paveway guided bomb to strike an Islamic State heavy-weapon position, and then attacked an armed pick-up truck with a Brimstone missile, the ministry said. “An initial assessment indicates that both precision strikes were successful,” it said.
The U.S. and its European and Arab allies have conducted thousands of air missions over Iraq and Syria since beginning a bombing campaign to counter Islamic State. It’s the first time any of the six British Tornados have been in action. Prime Minister David Cameron won overwhelming parliamentary approval to join the mission in Iraq after summoning lawmakers back from recess on Sept. 26.