SAS SNIPERS are targeting British jihadis in ruthless cave battles in northern Iraq, defence sources say.
Special forces have killed at least 100 fighters as part of a "secret war" to stop the return of Islamic State in the region.
According to the Mail on Sunday, elite SAS troops have been tracking IS terrorists for months in the remote highlands.
Defence sources told the paper that there had been at least ten battles in the region in the past three months, with additional secret operations in neighbouring Syria.
On April 10, UK ground troops, assisted by Brit-trained Kurdish soldiers, fought extremists in a bitter battle – helped by two Typhoons from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus and drones flown by controllers at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire.
18 days later, Special Forces attacked a group of IS fighters living in caves in the Hamrin mountains.
They were again supported by two RAF Typhoons who laid waste to the caves, killing ten militants in total with British jihadis said to be among those killed.
These attacks were followed by two deadly drone strikes on May 23 and May 31 which killed further IS fighters, the exact number of which is unknown.
Timeline: SAS Troops Wage 'Secret War' on IS
Special forces have killed at leats 100 fighters as part of a "secret war
- April 28 – Special Forces attack a group of IS fighters living in caves in the Hamrin mountains, killing ten.
- May 8 – A drone strikes an IS bunker in Northern Iraq.
- May 10 – Three militants are killed after US Special Forces are notified of IS fighters in caves near Lake Tharthar.
- May 13 – An RAF Reaper drone hits two IS bases in northern Iraq, west of Tuz Khurmatu. The number of deaths is unknown.
- May 23 – Another Reaper drone kills extremists hiding in northern Iraq, and also destroys their military equipment.
- May 31 – A GBU-12 bomb and Hellfire missile hits IS fighters in a mountain near Tuz Khurmatu.
- June 3 – Two RAF typhoons are involved in a coalition Air Force strike on an IS base near Kirkuk.
- June 22 – Two typhoons bomb a network of caves.
- June 24 – Four paveway bombs destroy a cave network in the Makhmur Mountains.
The Ministry of Defence noted engagements on May 8, 10, 13, 23 and 31, and again on June 3, 22 and 24.
A defence source told the Mail that around 100 militants had been killed, and that the bombings had been "very accurate with no civilian casualties."
British jihadis had also been identified among the dead by ID cards DNA, they added.
In March last year the world celebrated the defeat of ISIS in Syria after it was announced the bloodthirsty terror group's final stronghold had been liberated.
But ISIS is still thought to have thousands of fighters across war-torn Iraq and Syria.
A recent UN report indicated ISIS still has $100 million in reserves.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "The use of RAF jets and Reaper aircraft to deliver successful strikes against terrorists and their hideouts demonstrates that the UK’s defence never sleeps and we will always do what is necessary to protect our people."
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