A Reaper
The RAF used a Reaper drone, carrying Hellfire missiles, to strike the individual who was on a motorbike (Picture: MOD).
Islamic State

RAF kills IS member using Reaper drone

A Reaper
The RAF used a Reaper drone, carrying Hellfire missiles, to strike the individual who was on a motorbike (Picture: MOD).

The RAF has completed a strike on a so-called Islamic State (IS) member in Syria using a Reaper drone.

Using the remotely piloted aircraft, armed with Hellfire missiles, the RAF killed the individual, who was on a motorbike near Hamman At Turkumen in northern Syria.

During a previous strike earlier this year, in June, Iraqi security forces identified a number of IS members attempting to re-establish a presence north of Tikrit, north-central Iraq.

Again, at that time, an RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft joined coalition aircraft in supporting the Iraqi operation by tracking the group, conducting a successful attack with the Reaper using Hellfire missiles.

The group was reported to be destroyed as a result of this Iraqi-led operation, and the individuals eliminated before they could mount an active threat.

Earlier this week, the leader of the combined global task force working to defeat IS in Iraq and Syria told Forces News the group has "diminished" but the threat "hasn't gone away".

Brigadier Karl Harris is the Deputy Commanding General of the Operation Inherent Resolve Combined Joint Task Force, the military coalition working to defeat IS, also known as Daesh, in Iraq and Syria.

Watch: IS threat 'hasn't gone away', military coalition deputy chief says

He said jets are still flying, people are still working in the headquarters, Iraqi security forces are continuing to take the fight to Daesh".

"Daesh remains on the agenda and whilst the huge effects of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, quite naturally, have caught many people's attention, and, quite rightly, significant focus on addressing the threat there, the threat of Daesh hasn't gone away," Brig Harris said.

He added ISIS are "not able to control ground" like they have done previously.

"We recall the so-called caliphate where the swathe of land across Iraq and Syria, almost the size of Great Britain, was taken," he said.

"The strength of Daesh is diminishing over time in terms of numbers… their command and control, the sophistication of their leadership and their ability to enjoy the freedom of action that they might have had in the past.

However, Brig Harris said it remains "absolutely critical that we continue to invest and make sure we see this through to the end".

"It is impossible to define an end date and it is also impossible to rub our crystal ball and assess… what might emerge from the near future.

"But what I can say with absolute certainty is we are committed to finishing the job, whenever the end is."

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