Britain Participated in Iraq’s March Offensive Against ISIS

Royal Air Force carried out several airstrikes

Details continue to emerge in the 10-day offensive against ISIS in Makhmur Mountains in northern Iraq. The British Defense Ministry has now confirmed that they participated, carrying out several airstrikes in coordination with Iraq.

27 ISIS were reported killed in the strikes, with most of the casualties coming from airstrikes against caves in the area. There were 312 airstrikes reported by Iraq, and it is not clear how many of these were British.

Britain said the strikes were carried out by three Typhoon FGR4 jets, and officials say that this proves they remain committed to fighting ISIS going forward. This campaign was one of very few anti-ISIS operations in Iraq in recent years.

ISIS was declared defeated years ago, and while the group still has a presence in desert areas in both Iraq and Syria, they only occasionally step outside those to attack anyone. In both Iraq and Syria, there seems to be renewed interest in preemptive strikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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