British Warplanes Attack ISIS Cells North of Baghdad

Typhoons launch first strike in Iraq since October

A pair of British RAF Typhoon FGR4 warplanes attacked ISIS cells near the city of Bayji, 130 miles north of Baghdad, according to the British Defense Ministry. This was the first British strike on ISIS since October.

The attacks centered on caves in the area, in which ISIS fighters were hiding, and the British planes used laser-guided bombs. Details on casualties are as of yet not certain, though they claimed two different cells were present.

ISIS has lost materially all of its territory in Iraq, but fighters remain in deserts and caves occasionally trying to reassert themselves. That’s mostly taking place in Syria, but there is still some ISIS presence in Iraq.

Justifying a continued presence in Iraq means finding ISIS forces to attack, so even if the death toll isn’t large, expect officials to play up how significant the campaign remains.

Author: Jason Ditz

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