British jets bomb Saddam palace used by Isis in Iraq

An RAF Tornado over the Akrotiri air base where British jets are based for missions against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
An RAF Tornado over the Akrotiri air base where British jets are based for missions against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

{The Guardian Online} – British fighter jets have bombed a former palace of Saddam Hussein being used as a training centre for Isis recruits in Iraq, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

A pair of RAF Tornados took part as a multinational squadron attacked the headquarters and training centre for foreign terrorist recruits, located close to the Tigris in Mosul.

The strike was part of a co-ordinated coalition attack on the compound, which housed and trained recruits and contained outbuildings for internal security and repression, the MoD said. Extensive surveillance had shown Islamic State was using the palace, built by Iraq’s former dictator as a major headquarters and training centre.

The multinational squadron including the British Tornados armed with the RAF’s largest 2000lb Paveway bombs attacked the complex on the afternoon of Monday, the MoD said – hitting the headquarters building first, then a security centre, in what was rated as a successful attack in initial assessments. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.