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RAF Reaper drone interrupts Islamic State public execution

Post by Guest on Tue May 16, 2017 8:31 am

An RAF Reaper drone interrupted a public execution by the Islamic State group after opening fire on the militants and driving them off, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The remote-controlled aircraft disrupted the display in a Syrian town by killing a sentry with a Hellfire missile.

Details of the incident on May 9 were revealed on Tuesday by the MoD.

The Reaper was flying an armed reconnaissance mission when it spotted a group of fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil), also known as Daesh, in a main street in the town of Abu Kamal.

A statement from the MoD said: “When a van then unloaded two shackled prisoners in front of the crowd, it became clear that Daesh were organising a public execution.

“Given the large number of civilians present, the Reaper’s crew could not target directly the Daesh fighters about to carry out the murders.”

The Reaper pilots, who are believed to have been flying the aircraft by satellite link from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, spotted two Isil fighters posted as sentries on a nearby roof.

The statement said: “A Hellfire missile was fired immediately, and scored a direct hit which not only killed one of the sentries but also brought the execution to an immediate halt, as the Daesh fighters fled the scene, and the crowd of civilians dispersed.”


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/16/raf-reaper-drone-interrupts-islamic-state-public-execution/


So not only was the actions here humanitarian to the civilians, but they managed to stop an execution.

Hats off to the RAF

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Post by Raggamuffin on Tue May 16, 2017 9:31 am

Good. If the civilians were there to gloat and celebrate the executions, I wouldn't have worried too much about them though.

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Post by Lord Foul on Tue May 16, 2017 12:06 pm

thats some "interruption" Laughing

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed May 17, 2017 2:56 am

reapers are truly the mechanization of war a real step up from predator drones.

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