Posted on January 11, 2019
The airstrikes took place between 19 December and 6 January, with targets being hit on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A combination of RAF Typhoon and Tornado jets, as well as Reaper drones, have been supporting Syrian Democratic Forces on the ground as Daesh’s grip on the country weakens. Britain has been fighting Daesh, also known as the so-called Islamic State (IS), since 2014 as part of Operation Shader, with RAF jets flying daily missions over Iraq and Syria from their base in Cyprus. The latest airstrikes were conducted over the Hajin region in Syria which is seen as Daesh’s last major territory in the country, according to the MOD.
The MOD released details of the airstrikes:
• Wednesday 19 December – Tornados destroyed a truck-bomb concealed inside a building south-east of Hajin in Syria.
• Friday 21 December – a Reaper engaged a group of Daesh extremists south-east of Hajin, whilst Tornados struck two workshops making IEDs.
• Saturday 22 December – a Reaper hit a terrorist heavy weapon and its crew to the south-east of Hajin, and Tornados bombed three Daesh strong-points including a heavy machine-gun position.
• Monday 24 December – Tornados attacked two Daesh-held buildings south-east of Hajin.
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