RAF Tornados, based at Akrotiri in Cyprus will continue to carry out air strikes against the Islamic State until March 2017, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced.
The squadron of Tornado GR4 fighter bombers – 12 (Bomber) Squadron, was to be disbanded last March and replaced with a squadron of Typhoon air defence fighters, however, Fallon said the strikes had helped Iraqi forces push militants out of key towns.
“We want to ensure we maintain this crucial operational tempo and so we will extend the lifetime of Number 12 Squadron for a further year to March 2017,” he said during a visit to Iraq.
Tornados based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus and Reaper drones have, between them, flown a total of 1,162 combat missions over Iraq by the end of last month and carried out 251 air strikes.
Last week, the Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt spent almost three days visiting British Forces Cyprus to thank UK personnel directly involved in the fight against ISIS.
Edited from Famgusta Gazette, Guardian