RAF Marham jets kill a sniper team in Iraq and carry out Syria patrols
- Credit: PA
RAF Marham jets have continued their campaign against Isis/Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
Overnight, Tornado GR4s, flying out of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, flew an armed reconnaissance patrol over eastern Syria, gathering intelligence on terrorist activity.
A second pair of Tornados patrolled over western Iraq, where they provided close air support to Iraqi forces engaged in combat with Daesh in and around Ramadi and killed a sniper team.
A Ministry of Defence statement said: 'A terrorist sniper team opened fire from a compound on Iraqi troops, but was silenced by a direct hit from a Paveway IV guided bomb.'
The RAF Tornado and Reaper aircraft that have been conducting air strikes against Daesh have now been reinforced by a detachment of Typhoon fighters, which carry the same Paveway IV precision guided bombs as the Tornados.
Since Parliament voted to extend air strikes into Syria, two Tornados and the Typhoons have been added to the eight planes which were already conducting missions over Iraq.