Today’s defence in the media includes coverage of the Defence Secretary’s announcement yesterday that the RAF has carried out its 1000th strike in Iraq and Syria.
1000th AIR STRIKE
There is widespread coverage in today’s print, including in the Times (p16), Scotsman (p13), the Mirror (p4) and the Sun (p2), that the Defence Secretary had announced that the RAF has carried out its 1000th strike in Iraq and Syria. The Defence Secretary is quoted widely with the Mirror (p4) noting how "our planes have been targeting terrorists day and night, and have recently passed the milestone of a thousand precision strikes" while the Times and Scotsman both state that “Daesh is firmly on the back foot. RAF jets are hitting them hard, driving them back and helping local forces recapture territory.”
Announcing the RAF’s 1000th strike in Iraq and Syria, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
Daesh is firmly on the back foot. RAF jets are hitting them hard, driving them back and helping local forces recapture territory. This vital work is freeing innocent civilians from a brutal regime, while keeping our streets safe at home.
You can read all of the RAF’s recent airstrikes against Daesh here.
BRITISH ARMY SNIPERS
The Daily Star (p 26, 27) covers the story of British Army snipers, following access to the Army’s training facility on Salisbury Plain. The paper says the personnel are “the sharpshooters of the British Army with the deadly precision to take out an enemy target from a mile off”. The piece goes on to say that Army snipers are a “strange, awesome breed”.