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

RAF Reaper Takes Out ISIS RPG Team

RAF Forces On Operation SHADER Continue to Hammer ISIS

As part of Operation SHADER, Britain’s contribution to the global coalition against the Islamic State, Royal Air Force typhoons and a reaper drone have struck key targets in Iraq and Syria. The UK supports the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are working to clear the Islamic State (aka ISI, ISIL, Daesh) from their last small pocket of territory in Syria.

British RAF aircraft delivered air attacks to assist the SDF with ground operations, while conducting daily reconnaissance missions around Al-Baghuz Fawqani, eastern Syria. Coalition aircraft also remained available to assist the Iraqi security forces as necessary, to prevent ISIS from re-establishing a presence in the country.

On Thursday 21 February, two Typhoons were tasked with an attack on a cave in northern Iraq where a group of terrorists had been spotted, some ten miles east of Tal Afar. Coalition surveillance aircraft carefully checked the surrounding countryside for any civilians who might be placed at risk, before the Typhoons used two Paveway IVs to collapse the entrance to the cave.

A Reaper provided close air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces as they fought Daesh around Al-Baghuz Fawqani (aka Baghouz in US reports) on Saturday, 2 March. The Reaper’s crew observed a rocket-propelled grenade being fired from a building, and shortly afterwards a small group of armed terrorists emerged. They were tracked by the Reaper, whilst careful checks were made that no SDF or otherwise unidentified individuals were too close to them, then successfully engaged with a single Hellfire missile.

Hundreds of people including ISIS fighters have fled Al-Baghouz, the terror group’s last foothold in eastern Syria, Monday, according to reports.

The SDF advance into Al-Baghouz has been slowed by ISIS fighters using civilians as human shields.


Sources: MOD and other sources.

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