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What could British air strikes in Iraq achieve?

Six fully-armed Tornado fighter jets stand primed and ready for action against Islamic State militants in Iraq this evening.

Yet the foe they seek to destroy has few bases and the challenge for RAF pilots could be finding something to hit, while avoiding civilian casualties.

ITV News' International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports:

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South Wales to witness show of 'Nato airpower'

South Wales residents will be treated to a display of "Nato airpower" this morning when a range military planes join the RAF Red Arrows in a flypast.

Aircraft from the US, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands will feature along side the aerobatic display team.

RAF graphic showing the formation of the flypast Credit: RAF

Anyone wishing to see the flypast should be in Cardiff Bay for 8.30am, or the Spytty Park, Beechwood and Lliswerry areas of Newport for 8.45am. The jets will then continue to the Celtic Manor Resort for around 9am.

Flypast to showcase 'Nato’s formidable airpower'

The Royal Air Force has tweeted this graphic showing the aircraft that will take part in a flypast over the Nato summit in Wales at 9am on Friday.

The RAF Red Arrows will fly alongside aircraft from the US, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands.

RAF jets in Cyprus for possible Iraq surveillance work

RAF Tornado jets have landed in Cyprus overnight where they are on standby for possible surveillance missions over northern Iraq.

An RAF Tornado jet lands in Cyprus Credit: ITV News

Four RAF Chinooks are also due to arrive at the British airbase on the island later today, although it is not clear what their role in Iraq would be.

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Images show RAF preparing for aid drops over Iraq

The Ministry of Defence has released footage showing the successful airdrops of humanitarian aid by the RAF in northern Iraq last night.

Aid bundles ready to be dropped over northern Iraq Credit: RAF/Crown Copyright
The inside of a Royal Air Force Hercules transport aircraft Credit: RAF/Crown Copyright
An RAF airman prepares aid bundles to be dropped over northern Iraq Credit: RAF/Crown Copyright
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