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UK makes 1,500 airstrikes against ISIS
DB News: 28/09/2017 - 11:04
The UK has carried out over 1,500 airstrikes against ISIS since it began its bombing campaign against the caliphate exactly three years ago.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said that the airstrikes have made a major contribution to crippling ISIS and towards the terrorist group’s collapse in Iraq and Syria.
The RAF has targeted weapons stores, truck bombs, mortar teams, snipers and heavy machine-gun positions, dropping approximately 3,500 bombs and missiles. The Ministry of Defence maintains that there is no evidence it is responsible for civilian casualties.
The RAF believes it has killed more than 3,000 extremists.
Fallon said: “Britain has made a major contribution to the campaign that has crippled ISIS since 2014, forcing this miserable cult from the gates of Baghdad to the brink of defeat in Raqqa. By air, land and sea UK personnel have played a tireless role in striking targets and training allies. As the second largest contributor to the Global Coalition’s military campaign, the UK has flown more than 8,000 sorties with Tornado and Typhoon jets and Reaper drones, providing strikes, surveillance and reconnaissance, refuelling and transport.”