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1 octobre 2015 4 01 /10 /octobre /2015 16:30
photo UK MoD

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1 October 2015 Ministry of Defence


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A series of air strikes by Royal Air Force aircraft have helped Iraqi troops maintain relentless pressure on the ISIL terrorist network over recent days. RAF Tornado GR4 and Reaper aircraft have flown daily armed reconnaissance missions as part of the coalition air campaign to support the Iraqi units fighting the terrorists in the front line.

On Sunday 27 September, an RAF Reaper on a surveillance mission over northern Iraq observed a number of armed terrorists as they moved between buildings in a pair of compounds and successfully attacked three terrorist positions, using Hellfire missiles.

On Tuesday 29 September, again in northern Iraq, a Reaper tracked a car carrying a number of ISIL extremists to a building, which was destroyed with a Hellfire. The Reaper was also able to support two other coalition air strikes in the immediate area, which destroyed a vehicle and a fighting position.

The following day, Wednesday 30 September, two Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri, supported by a Voyager refuelling tanker, provided close air support to Kurdish peshmerga advancing west of Kirkuk, who had come under fire from two ISIL heavy machine-gun positions. Both positions were successfully hit using Paveway IVs, removing the threat posed to the Kurdish troops.

Previous air strikes

1 September: A Reaper patrolling in western Iraq, where it spotted a vehicle check-point close to the Syrian border being used by the terrorists to prevent the movement of traffic. The Reaper’s crew conducted a successful strike with a Hellfire.

2 September: Another Reaper provided air support to Iraqi army units operating in western Iraq. The aircraft conducted four successful attacks on terrorist targets. With the ISIL in Ramadi increasingly cut-off and isolated by the Iraqi security forces, terrorists were spotted loading hundreds of mortar and rocket rounds onto a boat, which then attempted to smuggle the ammunition down the Euphrates river. A direct hit by one of the Reaper’s Hellfires sank the boat and its cargo.



The Reaper then destroyed three vehicles – two armoured trucks and a bull-dozer - using a pair of Hellfire missiles and a Paveway guided bomb, with significant secondary explosions confirming large quantities of explosives. Elsewhere in Iraq, a second Reaper successfully attacked a terrorist position with a Hellfire, whilst GR4s located an enemy engineering vehicle near Mosul, constructing a fortified position, and destroyed it with a Paveway.

3 September: A Reaper observed another load of mortar and rocket ammunition being prepared for transport and destroyed it with a Hellfire.

4 September: A Reaper patrol supported two coalition air strikes on terrorist positions, then conducted its own attack on an ISIL team armed with rocket-propelled grenades, after they had fired on Iraqi forces.

6 September: Two Tornado GR4s conducted four Paveway strikes on a series of machine-gun nests near Sinjar, neutralising the threat these presented to the Kurds.

7 September: A Reaper destroyed an ammunition truck, whilst the reconnaissance work of another Reaper discovered a large terrorist network of bunkers and trenches: our aircraft provided targeting support to three successful attacks by coalition fast and conducted five attacks with its own weapons. Near Bayji, a pair of Tornado GR4s flew close air support for Iraqi troops, and used Paveway IVs to destroy three buildings held by terrorist teams.

8 September: A Reaper patrolling over western Iraq discovered several large stockpiles of explosives close to the Euphrates River. It destroyed one of the stockpiles with its own Hellfire missile – a skiff waiting to transport the explosives was sunk in the blast - and helped coalition fast jets target three more. The Reaper’s crew also provided support to successful air strikes on a terrorist-held compound and a fighting position.

9 September: A Reaper used Hellfires to destroy two vehicles being prepared as car-bombs.

10 September: Another Reaper patrol identified a group of heavily armed ISIL fighters gathering in a building. Both the building and a vehicle used by the terrorists were destroyed with Hellfires, and the Reaper also assisted coalition aircraft in 13 successful attacks on further terrorist positions nearby. Elsewhere in the country, a second Reaper conducted two attacks on extremists attempting to attack Iraqi troops, whilst in northern Iraq, a pair of Tornado GR4s used a Paveway IV precision guided bomb to destroy a building from which the terrorists had been firing a heavy weapon at the Kurdish peshmerga.

11 September: A Reaper supported a Kurdish offensive operation to clear an ISIL-held village, in the course of which it engaged a defensive position with a Hellfire.

13 September: Again in northern Iraq, near to Sinjar, a Paveway from a Tornado mission destroyed a terrorist group, armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

14 September: The Tornado GR4s patrolling near Mosul, where they attacked a rocket-firing position, while a Reaper operating over Anbar province, struck a pair of terrorists who had been spotted preparing a booby-trap, then supported two further coalition air strikes in the area.

15 September: A Reaper assisted coalition strikes on ISIL rocket launchers in western Iraq, then used Hellfires to attack an ISIL team as they attempted to arm a “daisy-chain” of linked improvised explosive devices and a GBU-12 guided bomb against a hostile fighting position.

16 September: GR4s bombed two terrorist positions, including a heavy-machine gun, which were firing on Kurdish troops and in western Iraq a Reaper destroyed an engineering vehicle and a large car-bomb which ISIL were positioning to attempt to hold up Iraqi advances.

19 September: Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling tanker, provided close air support to Kurdish peshmerga as they conducted offensive operations. Near Sinjar, the peshmerga came under fire from a heavy machine-gun positioned in a building. This was destroyed by our aircraft using a Paveway IV precision guided bomb. The GR4s then flew east to the area around Mosul, where another Kurdish unit was being engaged by a terrorist mortar team; this too was neutralised by a Paveway IV.

20 September: An RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft on patrol over western Iraq launched a Hellfire missile which destroyed a stockpile of explosives.

21 September: Another Reaper, operating over north-west Iraq, identified two vehicles carrying ISIL terrorists which were successfully tracked and destroyed with Hellfire missiles.

24 September: Tornado GR4s were again on patrol near Mosul when they were called upon to assist a Kurdish unit under fire from an ISIL mortar; the terrorist position was hit in a Paveway strike.

Details of previous airstrikes can be found here.

For more information see ISIL: UK government response page on GOV.UK

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1 octobre 2015 4 01 /10 /octobre /2015 16:30
Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft - photo UK MoD

Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft - photo UK MoD


29 September, 2015 BY: Beth Stevenson – FG


London - the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force’s Raytheon Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft will continue to be operated in Iraq and Syria until 2016, despite uncertainty surrounding the fleet's lifespan.


Sentinel has been operating in support of Operation Shader – the UK’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State insurgents that began in September 2014 – but rumours had surfaced the type would be withdrawn from operations in the near future. However, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on 26 September that Sentinel would remain in its surveillance role in support of the mission until 2016, in turn confirming the UK will continue to operate Operation Shader until at least that date.


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8 octobre 2014 3 08 /10 /octobre /2014 13:30
RAF Tornados' air strikes in Iraq

RAF Tornado GR4's departing RAF Akrotiri Cyprus in support of OP SHADER - photo RAF


08 October 2014 Royal Air Force


Tornado GR4 aircraft have completed another round of air strikes in Iraq overnight.


The Royal Air Force aircraft have flown further missions to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.

Last night, 2 Tornado GR4s were tasked to support the Iraqi Army. Brimstone missiles and Paveway IV guided bombs were used to conduct a successful precision attack on ISIL terrorists who were firing on Iraqi troops from a stronghold near Ramadi.

Last night’s air strike was the latest in a series of strikes as part of the international coalition’s operations to support the democratic Iraqi government in the fight against ISIL.

RAF Tornados' air strikes in Iraq
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RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER.  photo Cpl Neil Bryden

RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER. photo Cpl Neil Bryden


07 oct. 2014 by Craig Hoyle - FG


All three of the Royal Air Force’s current Panavia Tornado GR4-equipped frontline squadrons will continue to operate the strike aircraft for the immediate future, after the UK government reversed a decision to disband one of the units early next year.

Prime Minister David Cameron on 3 October confirmed that 2 Sqn – based at RAF Marham in Norfolk – will continue to operate the Tornado GR4 until March 2016. It had previously been expected to stand down in March 2015, following the completion of the UK’s combat involvement in Afghanistan by the end of this year.


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3 octobre 2014 5 03 /10 /octobre /2014 07:30
Third Air Strike In Iraq

RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER.  photo Cpl Neil Bryden


02 October 2014 Royal Air Force


Tornados have been assisting Kurdish forces engaged in combat with ISIL.


This afternoon, 2 Royal Air Force Tornados on patrol over north-west Iraq, as part of a coalition force, were tasked to assist Kurdish ground forces engaged in combat with ISIL.


The aircraft pin-pointed the location from which ISIL fighters were directing heavy fire on the Kurdish troops, and conducted a precision strike with Paveway IV guided bombs. Initial reports indicates that the strike was successful.


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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 19:30
RAF jets strike first IS targets in Iraq


30 September 2014 BBC News


RAF jets have attacked a "heavy weapon position" and an armed pick-up truck in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has said. In the first attacks since Parliament approved military action on Friday, two "precision strikes" were launched and both were "successful", the MoD said.


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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 18:30
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD


30 septembre 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)


Londres - La Grande-Bretagne a mené ses premières frappes aériennes en Irak contre les positions du groupe Etat Islamique (EI), a annoncé mardi le ministre de la Défense Michael Fallon.


Deux chasseurs-bombardiers Tornado ont détruit un poste d'artillerie et un véhicule équipé d'une mitrailleuse lourde, a indiqué le ministère de la Défense.


Ces deux frappes ciblées ont été un succès, a ajouté le ministère, qui n'a pas précisé quand les raids ont eu lieu, ni leur localisation exacte.


Les deux avions de combat étaient en mission de reconnaissance lorsqu'on leur a demandé de venir appuyer des troupes kurdes prises pour cible par les jihadistes de l'EI dans le nord-ouest de l'Irak.


Ces frappes sont les premières depuis que le Royaume-Uni s'est rallié vendredi à la coalition militaire internationale après l'adoption par le Parlement d'une motion du gouvernement autorisant le recours aux raids aériens en Irak.


Six Tornado de la Royal Air Force, basés à Chypre, étaient engagés depuis plusieurs semaines déjà en Irak pour des missions de surveillance.


Depuis vendredi, ils ont effectué plusieurs sorties, équipés de bombes à guidage laser et de missiles, mais sans ouvrir le feu.

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29 septembre 2014 1 29 /09 /septembre /2014 05:30
September 28, 2014 Think Defence

A collection of images and videos from Operation SHADER, the UK operation against ISIS, in Iraq


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