UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says his country is partaking in the ongoing battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul by conducting cyber attacks against the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorists.
The Iraqi army, volunteer Shia and Sunni fighters along with Kurdish Peshmerga forces have launched a fierce battle to liberate Mosul, the last stronghold of Daesh in Iraq, which was overran in June 2014.
“I can confirm we are using offensive cyber for the first time in this campaign,” Fallon said during a conference in London on Friday.
Although the top military official did not go into details, the admission was noteworthy in that it was the first time any country besides the US was openly discussing cyber warfare against Daesh.
Britain is part of a US-led coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against the group’s alleged positions in Iraq without any clear results.
Washington has also boasted of dropping “cyberbombs” on Daesh as part of its…