Four RAF Tornado GR.4s have carried out the first British air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. The aircraft were launched from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus less than hours after MPs voted to approve action. MPs voted by 397 votes to 223 for the RAF’s campaign to be extended from Iraq in to Syria.
The strikes were targeted against the Omar oil fields in eastern Syria which is under IS control. The aim of the mission was to damage Islamic State’s financial infrastructure. The weapon used in the attack has been revealed as being 500lb Paveway laser guided bombs.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon described the mission as “successful” and “a very real blow on the oil and revenue on which Daesh depends”.