“Campaign Against Daesh is Not Over”
Op SHADER Update: RAF Continues Attacks Against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
RAF aircraft deployed on Operation SHADER against the Islamic State have bombed terrorists in western Iraq, destroyed an ISIS-held building in the Syrian Euphrates valley, destroyed a terrorist mortar position in eastern Syria and attacked a Daesh tunnel complex south-west of Mosul, as the Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force confirms that fight is not over.
According to the MOD, the RAF continues to fly armed reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria, with Typhoons, Tornados and Reaper providing support to the Iraqi security forces as they deal with attempts by the Islamic State to resume terrorism within the country and provided close air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces clearing terrorist pockets in the Euphrates River valley.
Speaking at a Global Coalition campaign update in London, Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), Major General Felix Gedney, said:
The campaign against Daesh is not over. We will continue to fight side by side with our international allies until the threat Daesh pose to our security at both home and abroad is eliminated.
The one year anniversary of the atrocious terrorist attack in Manchester this week serves to underline the importance of totally eradicating Daesh and its poisonous ideology.
On Wednesday 9 May, A flight of RAF Typhoon FGR4s flew out to deal with two Islamic State fighters spotted by a coalition surveillance aircraft as they moved on foot in the western desert of Iraq, some 25 miles south-east of Ar Rutbah. The Typhoons successfully located the terrorists and used a single Paveway IV guided bomb to destroy them.
The following day, another Typhoon flight supported the Syrian Democratic Forces operating in the Euphrates valley. A large building, defended by ISIS extremists, was identified to the north-north-west of Hajin. Having checked that there were no signs of any civilian presence in the vicinity, the Typhoons conducted an attack with two Paveway IVs which demolished the terrorist strongpoint.
Typhoons delivered a further attack against Daesh on Monday, 14 May: a Paveway IV was employed to destroy successfully a mortar position and ammunition cache which had been spotted in eastern Syria. On Sunday 20 May, a pair of Tornado GR4s were tasked with the destruction of a tunnel complex which terrorists were attempting to reoccupy in the open countryside south-west of Mosul. Three tunnel entrances were identified, and each struck with a Paveway IV.
Image: A Paveway II guided bomb is dropped from a Royal Air Force Typhoon of 6 Squadron, RAF Leuchars (Fife), at the Cape Wrath practice range in Scotland, by Andy Walker (Crown Copyright, 2013).