RAF jets fly for fifth time from Cyprus and the government asks for protection

RAF jets have flown for the fifth time on Monday from the British Sovereign Base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, since the British parliament authorised air strikes targeting “Islamic State” (IS) militants.

Six tornado jets are participating in the missions, equipped with laser guided bombs and missiles.

On Saturday morning, two jets took off from the base and returned late at night. It was the first British military mission in Iraq.

The British government said that there was no use of weaponry during the first mission. It added that the jets only identified targets and collected information, which could be useful for the Iraqi government forces.

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(Archive photo of an RAF Tornado: Sgt Pete Mobbs/defenceimagery.mod.uk)