Two Tornado jets launch 1st air strike in Iraq

Two RAF GR4 Tornados have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq on Tuesday attacking a “heavy weapon position” and an armed pick-up truck, BBC news reports.

The attacks, which were made in support of Kurdish units in the north-west of Iraq were “successful”, the Ministry of Defence said.

Kurdish sources suggest that the strikes by the RAF jets based in Akrotiri, had helped the Kurds retake an “important border crossing” at Rabia near Syria, said the BBC’s Clive Myrie in Irbil, northern Iraq.

Around 40 countries are targeting ISIL, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.

Heavy fighting was reported on both sides.

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