Tornados obliterated a jihadi “strong-point” in the west of the city yesterday, and Typhoons hit two targets, including one where the terror network’s fanatics were attacking Iraqi troops.
British fighter jets took part in 11 raids on ISIS in Mosul on Sunday, with fanatics engaged in “extremely close combat” with Iraqi army troops supported by UK and US special forces.
The RAF pilots destroyed sniper, heavy machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade teams operating in the city, which the terrorists are desperately trying to cling on to.
Iraqi forces, who have already driven ISIS fanatics from the east of the city, are closing in on Mosul’s grand Nuri mosque in the old city centre from where the so-called “caliphate” was declared by ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in 2014, over parts of Iraq and Syria.
RAF pilots have destroyed ISIS targets in Mosul
If we knew where al-Baghdadi was hiding, his life would not last long
Major General Rupert Jones
Major General Rupert Jones, the deputy commander of the US-led coalition against ISIS, has vowed to end al-Baghdadi’s life in the same way as he henchmen, most of whom have been killed by local forces on the ground or by the coalition’s airstrikes.
He said: “If we knew where he was hiding, his life would not last long.”
Adding he was “confident” Baghdadi would be found and predicted he would not come to a “pretty end”.
He said: “The point that is important is that the vast majority of his loyal lieutenants are already in graves.
“He and what is left of his leadership structure is hiding. They are skulking and they are hiding for their lives.”
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British drone pilots have been working their way through a US-style kill list of UK citizens who are fighting for ISIS in Syria.
Parliament and the public have not been officially informed of the assassination programme, which has been underway for some time, according to the Daily Mail.
Speaking to the paper, a source said: “When we know where they are we kill them. Our priority is those plotting against the UK.
Battle for Mosul Tue, January 12, 2016
A major offensive to recapture Mosul from ISIS continues.
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Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces fire missile toward Islamic State militants during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in Somer district of eastern Mosul
“We have found evidence of this. We are also helping the French who don’t have our capabilities.”
In response to the claims, a Ministry of Defence statement read: “We and our coalition partners have been clear that if you are fighting for Daesh in Iraq and Syria then you will be targeted, irrespective of nationality.
“The UK is committed to the defeat of Daesh and publishes regular updates on air strikes conducted by the RAF.”