British air strikes in Syria have killed just seven Islamic State fighters
Ministry of Defence figures show by the end of last month just four attacks had resulted in the jihadist group suffering casualties
Raqqa : British air strikes in Syria have killed or injured just seven Isil fighters, according to estimates released by the Ministry of Defence.
David Cameron won the support of MPs for strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in its Syrian strongholds in December, but the MoD figures show by the end of January just four attacks had resulted in the jihadist group suffering casualties.
None of the strikes involved the high precision Brimstone missile which was cited by the Prime Minister as the kind of UK asset which would make a “meaningful difference” to the coalition’s battle against Isil in Syria.
The RAF’s operations against Isil in Syria have focused on targeting the infrastructure used to support the group, including the oil fields which are a major source of revenue for the militants.
MoD sources said strikes targeting IS fighters were only carried out if there was no risk of civilians being injured.
Details of the estimated casualties were released by the MoD in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Huffington Post UK.
An attack on Christmas Day near Raqqa – the city dubbed the “head of the snake” by Mr Cameron because Isil has its main headquarters there – saw one militant killed or injured by a Hellfire missile.
An MoD update for December 25, 2015 said an RAF Reaper struck an Isil checkpoint south of Raqqa with a Hellfire missile.
Two more fighters from Isil – also known as Daesh – were hit on the same day in Tabqa, also with a Hellfire.
On January 11, two fighters were killed or injured in a Hellfire strike in Al Busayrah, the figures showed, while two more were hit by a Paveway IV guided bomb on January 15.
Source : The Telegraph