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Britain will continue bombing Iraq for another year

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2465

The RAF is to continue bombing Iraq for at least another year, defence secretary Michael Fallon has revealed.

The eight Tornado bombers used in the attacks were due to be scrapped, but Fallon announced that they will be kept at least until March 2017.

The RAF has been supporting US bombing of Iraq since September last year.

More than 95 percent of raids are carried out by US forces. Both powers claim that their mission is to stop the spread of Isis.

One reason for extending the bombing is that so far it has not pushed Isis back from any territory it has seized in Iraq. 

However, the forces that became Isis appeared out of the devastation of much of Iraq by US and British bombing after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Tue 4 Aug 2015, 17:59 BST
Issue No. 2465
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