‘RAF warplanes to stay in Iraq over Daesh’

The British defense secretary has reportedly said the UK will extend its RAF Tornado mission against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq by another year.

Michael Fallon said the fighter jets, which were to be decommissioned last March, will remain in service for strikes on Daesh in Iraq until “at least” March 2017, the state-run BBC reported.

Fallon also claimed the air campaign against the terrorist group was getting ahead.

British warplanes had pushed militants out of key towns and would maintain “essential precision firepower,” the report quoted him as saying in a visit to Iraq.

British Tornados launched their combat missions in Iraq last September as part of the so-called US-led coalition against Daesh.

The report also said that the squadron of Tornado GR4 fighter bombers – Number 12 Squadron – was due to be disbanded last year and replaced with a squadron of Typhoon air defense fighters.


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