RAF MQ-9 Reaper, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, by Steve Bain (Crown Copyright, 2010)

Video Released of RAF Strike Against ISIS Execution

Drone Strike Interrupts Islamic State Killers

RAF Reaper strike disrupts ISIS execution in Abu Kamal, Syria, 9 May 2017 [Crown Copyright, 2017)[screenshot detail]

RAF Reaper strike disrupts ISIS execution in Abu Kamal, Syria, 9 May 2017 [Crown Copyright, 2017)[screenshot detail]

The MOD has released video footage of a drone strike against an ISIS execution in progress.

An RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft observed a group of Daesh (Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL) fighters in Abu Kamal, eastern Syria, mustering a large crowd of civilians in one of the town’s main streets. When a van then unloaded two shackled prisoners in front of the crowd, it became clear that Daesh were organising a public execution. Given the large number of civilians present, the Reaper’s crew could not target directly the Daesh fighters about to carry out the murders

However, two armed Islamic extremists were stationed as sentries on the roof of a building overlooking the scene. A Hellfire missile was fired immediately, and scored a direct hit which not only killed one of the sentries but also brought the execution to an immediate halt, as the Daesh fighters fled the scene, and the crowd of civilians dispersed.

Footage captured on Tuesday 9 May 2017 in Syria. Resized to 960 x 720.
Source: MOD (Crown Copyright, 2017)