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London: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that the deployment of Typhoons and two further Tornados would double the number of British fighter jets taking the fight against the ISIS militant group.

ISIS terrorists have again been struck by British Royal Air Force aircraft, with Typhoon fighters jets used for the first time in bombing missions over Syria and Iraq, according to British Ministry of Defence, Xinhua reported.

During the evening of December 4, Tornado GR4s and Typhoon FGR4s, based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, conducted a further series of strikes on targets in the very large IS-controlled oilfield at Omar in eastern Syria, MoD said on Saturday in a statement on Saturday.

“The Tornados and Typhoons used Paveway IV guided bombs to hit wellheads, thus cutting off the terrorists’ oil revenue at the very source. Eight attacks were carried out, and early reports suggest that they were successful,” the statement said.

The ministry claimed British capabilities currently gather 60 percent of the Coalition’s tactical reconnaissance in Iraq and 30 percent of the intelligence in Syria, with over 800 personnel supporting operations in the campaign to degrade Daesh.

Since coalition air operations began last year, the RAF base at Akrotiri has been home to extensive air capabilities, including Tornado GR4s, Voyager air-to-air refueling aircraft, C130 transport aircraft, and Sentinel surveillance aircraft, according to the MoD statement.

Britain launched airstrikes against IS targets in Syria just hours after its Parliament approved a government proposal to extend military action from Iraq to Syria.

(IANS)

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Reaction to News UK's Johnson Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves for Buckingham Palace after winning the 2019 General Election in Downing Street, London, England, UK on 13th December 2019. VOA

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was in self-isolation at his Downing Street office.

Here is reaction to the news.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of UK’s Opposition Labor Party 

“I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery and hope his family are safe and healthy. Coronavirus can and does affect anyone. Everyone be safe. Our own health depends on everybody else.”

Indain Prime Minister Narendra Modi 

“You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well. Prayers for your good health and best wishes in ensuring a healthy UK.”

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Indain Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well.” Wikimedia Commons

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster 

“Best wishes to the PM and Carrie (Symonds, Johnson’s fiancee). No one is immune. Let’s all follow the guidelines.”

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon 

“I send my very best wishes to Boris Johnson and his family. I don’t underestimate for anybody how difficult it is to be positive for this virus so I certainly send my best wishes to him for a very speedy recovery.” (VOA)