- David Stupples
The British Ministry of Defense has released a video showing a Royal Air Force Reaper drone obliterating an ISIS truck with a Hellfire missile.
The airstrike was conducted on May 31 outside of Fallujah, Iraq. The Reaper drone conducted surveillance over ISIS militants as they loaded weapons, including a heavy machine gun (HMG), onto the truck before launching the missile and obliterating the vehicle.
The British airstrikes outside of Fallujah come as Iraqi forces are attempting to retake the city from ISIS. ISIS has held the city since 2014 and is heavily embedded. Iraqi progress against the militants in the city has been slow as ISIS is believed to have seeded the area with improvised explosive devices, as well as using civilians in the city as human shields.
The US has also been actively carrying out strikes against ISIS in and around Fallujah. On June 1, the US carried out four strikes against ISIS tactical units, weapons caches, and fighting positions across its zone of control by the city.