RAF's Reaper Drones Bombing Iraq for the First Time

By Gary Cutlack on at

The RAF's Reaper drone has dropped its first bomb in Iraq, as Gulf War XIV kicks off in a very hands-off manner. One Hellfire missile was fired at Islamic State targets, apparently hitting local fighters laying roadside bombs north of Baghdad.

The RAF's drones are taking off from Kuwait, where they're guided through take-off and landing by local staff. The actual attacks are carried out remotely, though, with pilots based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire doing the combat business via a digital link. An unknown number of IS people were killed in the bomb run, which must've unlocked an achievement or two for the desk-bound pilots. [Sky News]