On January 10, the British Ministry of Defense released a video showing British airstrikes on ISIS targets in the Euphrates Valley in eastern Syria.
The @RoyalAirForce continues to demonstrate its world-leading air capability in the @coalition campaign against Daesh’s last major territory, with 10 successful air strikes in 19 days over the Christmas period. Read more: https://t.co/DpjFal7pWo pic.twitter.com/tRZc3e1fXv
— Ministry of Defence ?? (@DefenceHQ) January 10, 2019
In a statement released with the video, the defense ministry released a list of targets, which were hit by its air force:
• Wednesday 19 December – Tornados destroyed a truck-bomb concealed inside a building south-east of Hajin in Syria.
• Friday 21 December – a Reaper engaged a group of Daesh extremists south-east of Hajin, whilst Tornados struck two workshops making IEDs.
• Saturday 22 December – a Reaper hit a terrorist heavy weapon and its crew to the south-east of Hajin, and Tornados bombed three Daesh strong-points including a heavy machine-gun position.
• Monday 24 December – Tornados attacked two Daesh-held buildings south-east of Hajin.
• Wednesday 26 December – Typhoons and Tornados struck five terrorist-held buildings and cratered a road south-east of Hajin to prevent Daesh moving along it.
• Thursday 27 December – Typhoons and Tornados hit three Daesh positions south-east of Hajin.
• Friday 28 December – Tornados destroyed a terrorist stockpile of weapons hidden underground in the western deserts of Iraq.
• Monday 31 December – Typhoons bombed a tunnel north of Baghdad where terrorists had taken up residence.
• Tuesday 1 January – a Reaper engaged a small group of extremists south-east of Hajin.
• Sunday 6 January – a Reaper struck terrorists in eastern Syria, to the north of Abu Kamal.
It’s interesting to note that the statement was released amid reports that at least 5 British soldiers were killed in a rocket attack by ISIS in the same area. The UK, which denies that its special operations forces are deployed in Syria, has not commented on these reports. However, the released statement could be an attempt to draw the audeince’s attention away from the recent casualties and show that the British presence in the country has the purpose of fighting ISIS.