UK Launches Air Strikes Against IS In Iraq

Royal Air Force aircraft attacked caves in northern Iraq, where terrorists are believed to have been based.

The Royal Air Force has carried out air strikes against so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq.

Two Typhoons, operating out of RAF Akrotiri and supported by a Voyager refuelling tanker, joined other coalition aircraft to attack a series of caves in Bayji, last Tuesday.

The Typhoons targeted six cave entrances, after it was confirmed a group of Daesh fighters were based there.

Paveway IV precision-guided bombs were used to strike all of the caves.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) says the area was given a "thorough check of the surrounding area" for civilians, prior to the attack.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "The strikes continue because the Daesh threat is relentless and so will we be."

Last month, RAF aircraft carried out their first air strikes against Daesh since September 2019.