U.K. Jets Stage Second Round of Strikes on Islamic StateEddie Buckle
British warplanes launched a second round of airstrikes on Islamic State in Iraq overnight after firing bombs and missiles against targets from the Sunni militant group for the first time yesterday.
The attacks were carried out by two Tornado jets on an armed reconnaissance mission from the Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri in Cyprus, the Ministry of Defence in London said in a statement on its website. They were supporting Iraqi government forces west of Baghdad.
Examining a suspected Islamic State command-and-control position, “they were able to identify ISIL activity and two vehicles, one of which was an armed pick-up truck,” the ministry said, using an alternative name for the group. “Four Brimstone missiles were used to conduct a precision attack on the vehicles. Initial analysis indicates that the strikes were successful.”
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. Six British Tornados are part of the coalition. Prime Minister David Cameron won overwhelming parliamentary approval to join the mission in Iraq after summoning lawmakers back from recess on Sept. 26.
Yesterday, the RAF jets struck a heavy-weapon position and an armed pick-up truck in support of Kurdish troops in northwest Iraq who were under attack from Islamic State.