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    Dealing a Blow: UK Air Force Destroys Daesh HQ in Iraq’s Mosul

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    UK’s Royal Air Force warplanes helped destroy a headquarters of Daesh terrorist group in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The coordinated UK airstrike was carried out on Tuesday from the UK air base Akrotiri in Cyprus in cooperation with the US-led coalition, operating in Iraq and Syria.

    "Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Akrotiri, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, used Paveway IV guided bombs to attack the security headquarters compound," the ministerial statement said, adding an initial analysis indicated that the attack had been successful.

    Mosul is the largest Iraqi city held by Daesh militants.

    According to the UK Defense Ministry, Daesh has concentrated much of its command and control functions within the occupied city. The major airstrike struck three targets within the walled compound in the northern part of Mosul, which was used allegedly to coordinate attacks on the civilian population in Iraq and Syria.

    UK fighter and surveillance jets continued active air operations against Daesh targets inside Syria on Tuesday, firing Hellfire missiles on an Daesh checkpoint and targeting Daesh-held oilfields in the country’s east to reduce their revenues.


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