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:
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.
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.
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 Tornado jets have landed in Cyprus overnight where they are on standby for possible surveillance missions over northern Iraq.
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.
The RAF has released night vision footage of last night's successful humanitarian airdrop over northern Iraq.
Airmen can be seen preparing bundles of aid before pushing them out of the rear of a C130 Hercules transport aircraft.
The Royal Air Force delivered two C130 transport aircraft consignments containing the following last night:
- 3,180 reusable water purification containers filled with 15,900 litres of clean water
- 816 solar lamps which can also be used to charge mobile phones
The Ministry of Defence has released footage showing the successful airdrops of humanitarian aid by the RAF in northern Iraq last night.
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