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RAF Typhoons carry out second round of airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq this year

Image shows an RAF Typhoon aircraft flying above the desert.
This is the second time this year that RAF Typhoons have carried out airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq.

Royal Air Force Typhoons for the second time this year have carried out airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq using Paveway IV precision guided bombs.

The airstrikes occurred on Thursday 11th February, when two RAF Typhoon FGR4s were tasked to conduct the strikes against terrorists who had been identified occupying two dispersed encampments on the banks of the Tharthar River, west of the city of Bayji.

The strikes were carried out following a check of the area which revealed there were no signs of any civilians who might be placed at risk.  This allowed the Typhoon pilots to release their Paveway IV guided bombs striking the targets.

Image shows RAF Voyager and Typhoon aircraft on the ground ready to take off.

Further surveillance of both sites confirmed that the series of different targets within the encampments were struck and the mission had been a success.

The RAF’s armed reconnaissance missions support the enduring work of the Iraqi security forces to prevent any resurgence of the Daesh terrorist movement within their country as part of Op Shader, the UK contribution to the US-led international counter-Daesh operation.

Op Shader continues despite the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and appropriate precautions have been introduced to allow the operation can carry on.

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