Targeting oil wells controlled by so-called Islamic State in Syria will hit the terror group “harder where it really hurts”, defence secretary Michael Fallon has said.
Four RAF Tornados targeted the Omar oilfield in eastern Syria on Thursday morning, with Mr Fallon saying the mission was believed to have been successful.
He said it was important to strike the oilfields because it would damage IS’s finances.
“This is hitting Isil/Daesh harder where it really hurts because they depend on oil revenue,” said Mr Fallon.
The shadow chancellor warned it could foster another generation of militants determined to commit a Paris-style terror attack.
The Defence Secretary has warned the RAF that the fight against Islamic State will not be short or simple.
Officers were posted outside the constituency office of Neil Coyle, the Labour MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark.