Here’s something we didn’t know — the Ministry of Defence is uploading videos of precision air strikes on Islamic State military targets in Iraq on YouTube.
A report from the MoD released today shows that RAF planes were involved in 11 strikes on targets last month. Of them, the video footage from two have been released.
The videos show aerial footage taken of the target as well as the moment of impact. So far the MoD appears to have uploaded two videos of strikes over the past month, one on a truck-mounted rocket launcher used by Islamic militants (also under the banner of ISIS or ISIL) in western Iraq and the second on an armoured personnel carrier spotted north-west of Haditha near to the Haditha Dam, the largest hydroelectric facility in Iraq.
Below are the two most recent videos taken last month:
On the afternoon of Wednesday 18 February, 2 RAF Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri conducted an armed reconnaissance mission over northern Iraq to provide close air support to the Kurdish peshmerga, who have conducted a series of successful offensives to liberate their countrymen from the terrorists. The Kurds reported coming under rocket fire, and after an intensive search the GR4s were able to locate an ISIL truck-mounted rocket launcher, and attacked it, scoring a direct hit with a Brimstone missile. The Kurdish peshmerga are also receiving infantry training from a team of coalition instructors, including British military personnel.
In the early hours of Friday, an RAF Tornado GR4 patrol conducted reconnaissance to the north-west of Haditha. An ISIL armoured personnel carrier was located, and destroyed with a Brimstone missile.
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