RAF Typhoon taking off
Op Shader

RAF Typhoons Destroy Islamic State Buildings In Iraq

It was in response to reports a small group of militants had been fighting with Iraqi security forces.

RAF Typhoon taking off

Typhoon aircraft continue to fly over Iraq and Syria as part of Op Shader (Library image).

British military aircraft have destroyed two buildings occupied by so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

Two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets used Paveway IV bombs to strike the buildings, believed to be occupied by members of IS.

It was in response to reports of a small group of militants had been fighting with Iraqi security forces.

The extremists were then located by coalition aircraft to buildings in northern Iraq.

UK Air Component Commander for the Middle East, Air Commodore Justin Reuter, said: "It is vital that we continue to degrade Daesh and confront the threat posed by their organisation and ideology.

"We will seek out these terrorists to stop their insurgency and disrupt the spread of a corrupt and evil ideology," he continued.

The defeat of the IS caliphate, also known as Daesh, was announced in March, with the liberation of the last-held IS territory.

It was, however, confirmed that Operation Shader, the UK's contribution to the fight against IS would continue, with the focus on both the air component and training of Iraqi security forces.

The RAF flew its first combat sorties against the terror group in Iraq in September 2014, before extending the operation to Syria the following year.