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The RAF scrambled Typhoon jets to intercept Russian military jets approaching British airspace last night.
Planes were sent from the air base at Lossiemouth, north east Scotland, after two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bomber planes were sighted flying over the Atlantic towards the UK.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said the Russian aircraft were escorted until they were clear of the UK area of interest. At no time did they cross into UK sovereign airspace, he added.
It is the latest in a number of incidents in recent months in which Moscow has sent planes skirting the edge of British airspace in a legal but provocative move amid worsening international relations.
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RAF Tornado and Reaper aircraft have carried out air strikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul against Islamic State (IS) targets.
In a press release the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an RAF patrol assisted Peshmerga forces fighting in north-east Mosul on March 19th / 20th by conducting "precision attacks against an IS heavy machine gun and weapon positions".
The statement added that a British military team is also currently based in Baghdad to "train and equip the Iraqi forces to deal more effectively with improvised explosive devices, increasingly left behind by ISIL as they are forced back by government troops."
The Ministry of Defence has released a video showing an attack on Islamic State in Iraq.
The text accompanying the video said: "In the early hours of Friday 27 February, an RAF Tornado GR4 patrol conducted reconnaissance to the north-west of Haditha. An ISIL armoured personnel carrier was located, and destroyed with a Brimstone missile."
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