UK Reaper drone conducts first strike in Iraq

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UK Reaper drone (Photo from www.raf.mod.uk)

UK Reaper drone (Photo from http://www.raf.mod.uk)

Britain’s first air strike by a Royal Air Force (RAF) Reaper drone was carried out over the weekend in Iraq, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed.

The drone strike occurred as part of an international military operation in the region against the terror group, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS or ISIL). The aerial strike occurred near the strategic town of Baiji – home to Iraq’s most significant oil refinery.

ISIS militants were laying “improvised explosive devices” in the region, according to the MoD.

Approximately 40 nations worldwide have joined the US-led international coalition against ISIS. In a brutal and expansionist effort to establish a self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’, the militant group has annexed large parts of Syria and northern Iraq.

Britain’s first airstrikes were launched against militants on September 30. The British government also dispatched military officials to help train Iraqi forces on the ground…

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