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'Dambusters' Squadron To Join Fight Against Islamic State In Iraq And Syria

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Sky News

'Dambusters' Squadron To Join Fight Against Islamic State In Iraq And Syria

The RAF's 617 Squadron will be part of a mission designed to prevent IS from "regaining a foothold in Iraq".

The renowned "Dambusters" squadron is set to fly stealth fighter jets to support operations against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

The RAF's 617 Squadron - famously known for its role in attacking German dams during the Second World War - will be part of a mission designed to prevent IS from "regaining a foothold in Iraq".

The Ministry of Defence said the F35B Lightning fast jets will join Operation Shader from the Carrier Strike Group to fight the "remnants" of IS, also known as Daesh.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said he was in no doubt "violent extremism and the toxic ideology underpinning it is still rooted" in the region.

He added: "We're going to conduct operations in support of the government of Iraq, fighting the remnants of Daesh in Iraq and Syria - and continuing to take the fight to them in their sanctuary where otherwise they would be threatening the streets of the United Kingdom and our allies.

"It's something that air power has been doing very effectively now since 2014 and the Royal Air Force has played a considerable part in that success.

"Daesh is no longer the ground-holding force, the occupying force, that it was in 2015 and 2016.

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