Coningsby

Typhoons demolish Islamic State headquarters in eastern Syria

Typhoons have destroyed one of the key headquarters of Islamic State in Syria.

Two Typhoons were dispatched by the Ministry of Defence from RAF Akrotiri on Monday, March 6, to a remote area of eastern Syria.

The Typhoons targeted two buildings within the Islamic State compound, which were both demolished by Paveway IV guided bombs.

Similar work was performed by Paveway-armed Typhoons on March 7, when they cut a major highway leading out of Mosul in Iraq towards positions still held by Islamic State to the north-west of the city.

Inside Mosul, a Tornado flight used a Paveway IV to deal with a sniper team which was holding up an Iraqi advance.

Typhoons were busy over the weekend, with two Paveway IVs targeting a cave where terrorists had set up base.

A second pair of Typhoons maintained close air support over western Mosul, where they bombed first an Islamic State strong-point and then a checkpoint that had been established in a large building on the outskirts to control a route out of the city.

Another Daesh location had been detected 20 miles north west of Mosul, with terrorists occupying a building on the banks of the River Tigris.

RAF Typhoons are based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.