HMS Diamond and the Red Arrows

British Armed Forces Help Free 2 Million People from Daesh (ISIL)

Of note for Defence today is news from the Defence Secretary that two million people have been freed from Daesh in 2016. The Telegraph, The Times and The Sun all report that Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon will today tell MPs that two million people have been freed from Daesh in 2016 with the help of the British Armed Forces. Reporting reflects that RAF aircraft are mounting air strikes at the highest rate since the first Gulf war.

Over 1,300 British military personnel are now deployed on Operation Shader. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

In the last year, over two million people have been freed from Daesh rule by Iraqi and moderate Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by Coalition air power. Britain is stepping up in the fight against Daesh: the Army has helped trained over 32,000 Iraqi forces and in a controlled and precise manner the RAF are taking out Daesh and working hard to minimise casualties in a very difficult dense urban environment.

Working with Allies we will keep momentum, push Daesh out of Mosul, encircle Raqqa and eventually end Daesh’s reign of terror.

Source: Defence in the Media: 16 January 2017 | Defence in the media

Photo: The Red Arrows fly over the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond as she sails past Cyprus. HMS Diamond was on tasking in the Mediterranean as part of OP RECSYR (Removal of Chemical Weapons in Syria); while the Red Arrows were on their annual pre-season display training out of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. By L(Phot) Pepe Hogan, Royal Navy (Crown Copyright, 2014)

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