UK launches airstrikes: British Airstrikes ISIS
Published: December 3, 2015
UK launches airstrikes: British Airstrikes ISIS, British warplanes have launched their first air strikes against Isis militants in Syria hours after Parliament authorised an extension of bombing to the country.
Four RAF Tornado jets took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, equipped with a combination of 500lb Paveway bombs and Raptor survellience pods, according to a BBC correspondent on the ground.
A pair of jets returned to the base at 3am without their weapons, it was reported.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the planes were part of the “first offensive operation in Syria and conducted strikes”.
Six targets are said to have been related to an oil field under Isis control in the east of the country.
The Royal Air Force joins strikes by US, French, and allied air forces, which are already being conducted in the country.
British planes have also already been conducting strikes against the same militants in neighbouring Iraq, where they also operate. The border between the two countries is currently uncontrolled.
Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond had said Britain was “already flying reconnaissance missions over Syria, with British planes carrying weapons over Syria into Iraq”.
“It would be a relatively simple exercise to extend the permissions to allow them to release those weapons over Syria, where they identify legitimate targets,” he added.
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