SEND IN THE DRONES: RAF claims first ISIS kills in Syria during Xmas Day drone raid
An unmanned RAF Reaper drone launched a deadly air-strike with a Hellfire missile on armed gunmen manning an ISIS checkpoint, the Mirror can reveal
British warplanes delivered a devastating blow to ISIS on Christmas Day, claiming their first kills in Syria since MPs voted to launch air strikes there.
An unmanned RAF Reaper drone launched a deadly air-strike with a Hellfire missile on armed gunmen manning an ISIS checkpoint outside their stronghold in the city of Raqqa.
It is the first confirmed RAF kill in Syria since the controversial Commons vote this months to expand UK bombing mission from Iraq to war-torn Syria, despite massive protests.
Across neighbouring Iraq, scores of ISIS gunmen and bombers have been killed over Christmas with RAF Tornado and Typhoon fighter jet crews smashing sniper and mortar teams.
In another Christmas Day blitz on ISIS, British RAF teams helped local troops drive militants out of the key Iraqi town of Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad.
Ramadi is also dubbed “terror central.”
In sweeping air-strikes outside the town Tornado and Typhoon bombers obliterated ISIS sniper, rocket and mortar teams defending heavily-fortified positions from an Iraqi Army attack.
An MoD spokesman said in London: “Operations against Daesh terrorist network have continued at a high intensity over the holiday period, with Royal Airforce aircraft conducting air strikes in Syria and Iraq, particularly in support of successful Iraq operations in Ramadi.”
British SAS troopers are among Peshmerga fighters in Northern Iraq, helping them guide in air-strikes from the RAF and the special forces men are also in Syria spying on ISIS.
In one strike alone on Boxing Day Typhoon crews struck six key ISIS-held buildings with Paveway 4 bombs in support of Iraqi troops who were fighting the network on the ground.
The previous day more than 20 ISIS men
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