“The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria”.
….after a drone strike has stopped a public execution by Isis in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The Reaper drone (which is piloted remotely) observed a group of Daesh fighters in Abu Kamal, eastern Syria, mustering a large crowd of civilians in the town.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “When a van then unloaded two shackled prisoners in front of the crowd, it became clear that Daesh were organising a public execution.
“Given the large number of civilians present, the Reaper’s crew could not target directly the Daesh fighters about to carry out the murders.
“However, two armed extremists were stationed as sentries on the roof of a building overlooking the scene.
“A Hellfire missile was fired immediately, and scored a direct hit which not only killed one of the sentries but also brought the execution to an immediate halt, as the Daesh fighters fled the scene, and the crowd of civilians dispersed.”
— UK in Iraq 🇬🇧🇮🇶 (@UKinIraq) May 16, 2017
According to the MoD the following day, RAF Typhoons also patrolled over Syria, and successfully struck a Daesh mortar team that was firing on Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) some five miles north of Raqqa.
Similar operations continued on Saturday 13 May. Tornados cut key routes into Mosul, and struck two sniper positions, before heading to Bulayj to destroy an armed truck.