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Over 1,000 RAF airstrikes carried out in Iraq and Syria

The 1,000 airstrike was carried out over western Iraq. Credit: PA

The RAF has now carried out more than one thousand combined airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced.

The 1,000th strike took place on Sunday August 28th during a Typhoon patrol over western Iraq.

In total, the RAF has flown over 3,000 missions in the fight against so-called Islamic State.


RAF targets IS in Syria with Brimstone missiles

RAF fighter jets targeted so-called Islamic State with Brimstone missiles for the first time.

The attacks targeted an IS vehicle and tunnels near the town of Raqqa, as well as the Omar oilfield in the east of the country near the border with Iraq on Sunday, said Downing Street.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the advanced radar-guided weapon lies at low level, using its on-board navigation systems, and can be used against moving targets.

Prime Minister David Cameron previously cited it as the kind of UK asset which would make a "meaningful difference" to the coalition's battle against IS in the run-up to an MPs vote on war in Syria.

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