UK uses Brimstone missiles in Syria for the first time
Civil defense workers search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following air strikes on the town of Douma, a rebel stronghold east of Damascus, on January 10, 2016. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
Britain carried out several airstrikes against Daesh militants in Syria on Sunday, deploying its Brimstone missiles for the first time there, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.
Britain joined US-led air strikes against Daesh in Syria late last year but has been criticized for conducting few operations, which largely targeted oil fields.
"We saw five new attacks by RAF forces in Syria, targeting a Daesh vehicle near Raqqa, enemy tunnels also near Raqqa and the Omar oil field. As part of these strikes the Brimstone missiles were also deployed," the spokeswoman told reporters.
Britain says its Brimstone missiles, which are designed to hit fast-moving targets and have already been used by Britain's Tornado jets in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq, should bolster the fight against Daesh by delivering "surgical strikes" that minimize civilian casualties.