RAF air strike on IS cave in northern Iraq
Iraq

RAF Carries Out Further Air Strikes Against IS

The Royal Air Force carried out attacks at the end of May and throughout June in the north of Iraq.

RAF air strike on IS cave in northern Iraq

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has released details of recent air strikes carried out against so-called Islamic State over Iraq.

The Royal Air Force carried out attacks at the end of May and during June in the north of the country, with the MOD stating that a check for civilians was carried out in each instance before launching the strikes.

On 31 May, a Reaper drone destroyed a bunker being used by IS members with a GBU-12 guided bomb before using a Hellfire missile to hit those outside.

On 3 June, two Typhoons, support by a Voyager air refulleing tanker, attacked IS positions in mountains north-west of Kirkuk.

The fighter jets provided surveillance before attacking a cave with a Paveway IV guided bomb.

The Typhoons were joined by other coalition aircraft on the mission.

Typhoons used four Paveway IVs to attack caves north-west of Tikrit on 22 June, before using four of the guided bombs to strike a cave network in the Makhmur mountains of northern Iraq on 24 June.

Operation Shader is the operational code name used for the UK contribution to the mission over Iraq and Syria against IS.

In April, the RAF carried out its first air strikes against Daesh since September 2019.

Cover image: MOD.