Royal Air Force Over Syria: Most Intense Operations For 25 Years

Britain's Royal Air Force is currently engaged in the most intensive operations it has undertaken for 25 years as Typhoon jets pound Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. 

Last year, it was reported that the Royal Air Force was operating at its most intense for 25 years in a single theatre of operation, far outstripping the UK involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan – RAF jets have dropped 11 times more bombs (1,276 strikes) on Syria and Iraq in the preceding 12 months than they had in the busiest year of action in Afghanistan a decade previously, conducting around 900 airstrikes, flying over 2,200 sorties, killing 3,000 Islamic State fighters.

As of March last year, the MoD says the operation has cost the UK taxpayers £265 million so far. As of April 2017, 37 Hellfire missiles, 20 Brimstone missiles, 30 unspecified/other armaments were used in the operation against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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