UK drone strikes against ISIS

The UK revealed on 21 March the extent of airstrikes being conducted against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by Royal Air Force (RAF) General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Answering a question in parliament on the number of UAV strikes carried out in Iraq and Syria over the previous 19-and-a-half months, armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt said that there were 200 such strikes in Iraq and 13 in Syria between 1 September 2014 and 15 March 2016. In February, the same minister disclosed that between 1 February 2015 and 1 February 2016 there had been 435 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions over Syria and 906 over Iraq; 64 combat (strike) missions over Syria and 699 over Iraq; and 484 ‘other’ (passenger and cargo transport) missions over Iraq and none over Syria. Mordaunt added that most of those aircraft operating in Syrian airspace had traversed Iraqi airspace as well, presumably as they flew from their forward operating bases to their mission areas. This statement revealed that, as the only UK strike platform needing to overfly Iraq in order to reach Syria (10 are based in Kuwait, reportedly), the Reaper was responsible for most reconnaissance and strike sorties over Syria”.


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