Iraq: Military Intervention

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th October 2016.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) missions flown and (b) air strikes the armed forces have conducted within Iraqi territory in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

From 1 October 2015 to 25 October 2016 the UK conducted 1,991 combat missions over Iraq. Broken down by month these are:

Typhoon FGR4

Tornado GR4

Reaper MQ9

2015

October

0

45

61

November

0

52

62

December

47

72

56

2016

January

48

72

74

February

49

73

54

March

55

53

55

April

48

46

56

May

51

52

66

June

50

46

71

July

51

44

66

August

39

46

61

September

33

44

63

October

41

38

51

Total

512

683

796

During 1 October 2015 - 25 October 2016 the UK has conducted a total of 784 airstrikes within Iraqi territory. These are detailed as follows:

2015

October

18

November

57

December

86

2016

January

97

February

60

March

67

April

70

May

69

June

77

July

44

August

42

September

51

October

46

Total

784

These strike numbers are constantly reviewed and updated by the Coalition to ensure records are as complete and as accurate as possible. As such, past and future statements regarding statistics may differ to those given here.

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