UK carries out first drone strike against ISIL in Iraq

Attack launched against militants' container being used to store equipment, claims Ministry of Defence

UK carries out first drone strike against ISIL in Iraq

World Bulletin/News Desk

The U.K. has carried out its first drone strike against the ISIL inside Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

A remotely piloted Royal Air Force Reaper fired rockets on Monday at militants who were allegedly laying improvised explosive devices near Bayji, north of Baghdad, where ISIL militants were claimed to be operating, MoD officials.

The drone was also being used to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assistance to coalition aircraft.  

The attack came a day after two RAF fighter jets were tasked to investigate suspected ISIL activity near Al Anbar, west of Baghdad, claimed the MoD. 

The U.K. allegedly destroyed a shipping container used by militants to store equipment, said the ministry.

Secret location

British lawmakers voted 524 - 43 for air strikes on ISIL targets in Iraq on September 26.

The U.K. government announced last month it was using Reaper drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria, flying alongside Rivet Joint spy planes which carry eavesdropping sensors.

The Reaper can be armed, but does not have authorization to fire.

The drones were used in Afghanistan, but have since been moved to a secret location in the Middle East.

Last Mod: 10 Kasım 2014, 17:55
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