File photo of an RAF Typhoon flying during an Operation Shader sortie (Picture: MOD).
Op Shader

RAF Conducts Air Strike Against IS In Iraq

A single Paveway IV guided bomb was fired from a Royal Air Force Typhoon during the operation.

File photo of an RAF Typhoon flying during an Operation Shader sortie (Picture: MOD).

The Royal Air Force has conducted an air strike against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

On 6 September, RAF Typhoons supported Iraqi ground forces under fire from IS, also known as Daesh, approximately 30 miles south of the city of Erbil in northern Iraq.

Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets responded to the call for assistance, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said, with a single Paveway IV guided bomb being fired.

No risks were posed to either the Iraqi forces or any civilians and the threat was successfully eliminated, the MOD added.

In the House of Commons, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace reaffirmed the UK's commitment to securing the "enduring defeat of Daesh in Iraq and Syria" as part of Operation Shader – the operational code name for the UK's contribution to the US-led mission against IS.

Mr Wallace said the UK "will continue to do what is necessary to protect the British people, her allies and partners".

He added: "We also remain committed to supporting counter-Daesh efforts beyond Iraq and Syria.

"The UK continues to work to counter the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province through means other than military presence in Afghanistan, working with partners in the region to diminish the threat they pose."

Royal Air Force aircraft continue to fly armed reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria as part of the Global Coalition Against Daesh. 

RAF Typhoons previously struck IS fighters in Iraq in May, with the RAF's Commander for Middle East operations telling Forces News that IS has "nowhere to hide".