The Telegraph reported that public executions are becoming more common in Islamic State group controlled territory as the sick “caliphate” crumbles, meaning there are going to be plenty of more scenes like this one!
The Ministry of Defense regularly issues updates of airstrikes against ISIS, but this one was different. Talk about EPIC! Say ‘hello’ to my little friend….the REAPER!
H/T Conservative Tribune:
A public execution by the Islamic State terror group was interrupted in the most epic way possible by a British drone, setting the condemned prisoners free.
According to The U.K. Telegraph, the Ministry of Defense announced the incident Tuesday. An RAF Reaper drone managed to hit a sentry with a missile in the town of Abu Kamal in Syria on May 9 as the execution was taking place, sending the Islamic State group militants running.
The Reaper drone began by spotting the crowd gathering in a square, according to the U.K. Metro.
“When a van then unloaded two shackled prisoners in front of the crowd, it became clear that Daesh (alternate name for the Islamic State group) were organizing a public execution,” a defense ministry spokesman said.
“Given the large number of civilians present, the Reaper’s crew could not target directly the Daesh fighters about to carry out the murders,” the spokesman said. It looked like they were out of luck, until they noticed “two armed extremists (who) were stationed as sentries on the roof of a building overlooking the scene.
“A Hellfire missile was fired immediately, and scored a direct hit which not only killed one of the sentries but also brought the execution to an immediate halt, as the Daesh fighters fled the scene, and the crowd of civilians dispersed.”
Well, that’ll do it.
Totally epic, right? How about those Reapers!
MQ-9 Reaper drones operated by the Royal Air Force are usually armed with 500lb laser-guided bombs and Hellfire anti-tank missiles. The unmanned aerial vehicles are operated remotely by a human crew of two, though ground crew are present in the warzone to refuel and re-arm the drones.
The RAF’s Reapers are mainly used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in Syria, though it is not unknown for them to carry out strikes themselves. While the armed forces are keen to emphasize the “precision” of the latest hi-tech equipment, the boasts about precision “tell you nothing about the effect when it gets to the target”, particularly if – as in this case – the wrong target is identified.
British warplanes – drones and RAF Tornados GR4 jets – have previously killed nearly 250 militants during more than 1,200 missions in Iraq as part of the battle to crush IS.
RAF commanders have used the Reaper, Britain’s only armed UAV, to destroy more than 100 enemy targets.
Britain has as many as ten Reapers in the conflict zone. Once the drones are launched from conventional runways at an airbase in Kuwait, they are controlled from Waddington.
Sitting before a bank of flickering computer screens and controls in two ground stations the size of shipping containers, the RAF pilots steer the drones – officially called Remotely Piloted Air Systems – on operations. The robots fly above the battlefield for up to 14 hours, with cameras beaming live high-definition images and radar data to commanders and crew on the ground.
Keeping a silent eye on a huge area, the devices are able to locate and monitor targets while airstrikes are planned. Once authorized, they can launch the weapons to destroy it.
It takes only seconds to act against enemies such as terrorist leaders and militants – rather than waiting up to an hour for a conventional strike jet to arrive. In the Syrian attack it is believed that an RAF Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft and an RAF Sentinel surveillance plane were involved in lining up the Reaper to hit the target.
The RAF operates a sister control center at Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas, where 39 Squadron flies the 36 ft. drones.
Drones have been operated from Waddington since April 2013. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has said UAVs are a battle-winning capability that is vital in attacking enemy fighters and protecting civilians.
Remember ‘Jihadi John’? On 13 November 2015, the Pentagon reported that an MQ-9 had killed ISIL member Mohammed Emwazi, popularly known as “Jihadi John,” who was responsible for executing several Western prisoners.
Drones are vital in attacking enemy fighters! These suckers assist in helping our troops conduct missions against threats of radars and air defenses.
This baby flies up to 300 miles per hour and can stay in the air for almost 30 hours at a time. That’s certainly long enough to monitor a lot of ISIS action and help save a few soldiers lives as well. Whoever said the Reaper was GRIM?!