British forces have conducted their first drone attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq over the weekend, the Ministry of Defence has said.
A series of coalition missions were conducted near Bayji, north of Baghdad, where IS extremists were planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The MoD said an unmanned aircraft known as a Royal Air Force Reaper "successfully attacked the terrorists using a Hellfire missile".
On Sunday morning, an RAF aircraft also destroyed a shipping container near Al Anbar, west of Baghdad.
The MoD said the container was "used by the terrorists to store equipment to support extortion and control of the local population".
President Obama has announced he's sending 1500 more troops to lraq. The additional US forces are being sent to train the Iraqi military.
The MoD has confirmed today that RAF Reaper drones have launched their first attacks in Iraq. A Reaper fired a hellfire missile at IS militants near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad.
It comes as Government officials in Iraq claim a coalition airstrike yesterday injured the leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.
An airstrike has also wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to Iraqi officials.
Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or of al-Baghdadi being wounded.
Iraq's Defence and Interior Ministries issued statements saying al-Baghdadi had been wounded, without giving further detail.
An Interior Ministry intelligence official said al-Baghdadi was hit during a meeting yesterday with militants in the town of Qaim in Iraq's western Anbar province.