The RAF has begun operations against Islamic State in Syria from a base in Cyprus.

A spokesman for the Ministry Of Defence confirmed RAF tornados have just returned from their “first offensive operation over Syria and have conducted strikes”.

Earlier Four Tornado GR4s took off from the Akrotiri base in Cyprus.

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Two returned missing three Paveway bombs each.

Sky’s Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said the first missions were launched “barely an hour” after Parliament voted in favour of airstrikes.

“The target was an oilfield held by Islamic State in the east of Syria.

“This is a show of intent from the Government.

“Clearly they had some pre-planned targets ready to go if the vote was a yes … they did not want to hang around.”.. see more

source: skynews