RAF drones have blown up nearly 1,500 IS fighters over the past eight years, figures from The Sun on Sunday show.
The armed forces’ MQ-9 Reaper aircraft have flown hundreds of missions over Iraq and Syria since 2014 piloted by crews from RAF Waddington, Lincs.
They unleash the plane’s 500-pound laser-guided bombs or Hellfire missile systems.
The RAF has flown a total of 4,857 drone sorties in the region, killing an estimated 1,413 enemy combatants.
The toll, revealed in a Freedom of Information request, is an estimate by experts studying mission reports and aerial photographs of the debris.
High-profile targets wiped out by drones include jihadist John Brit Mohammed Emwazi in 2015, who was involved in the beheading of hostages.
And the White Widow – British recruiter and propagandist Sally Jones – was killed in 2017.
The UK has ordered a new fleet of state-of-the-art ‘Protector’ drones, which will be based at RAF Waddington from next year.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned they could be deployed in Afghanistan if terrorists congregate there after the Taliban regained control.
He said: “I will do whatever I have to do to protect the lives of British citizens and our interests and our allies.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6143109/drones-killed-is-fighters-in-eight-years/ RAF drones have killed almost 1,500 IS fighters in the past eight years