ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

RAF Hit Omar Oil Field Controlled by Islamic State

Updated on December 17, 2015

Typhoon Jet Flies Into Action.

Source

Michael Fallon and RAF Action Against Islamic State.

Michael Fallon British Defence Secretary spoke to Sky News about the RAF hitting the Omar oil field in eastern Syria controlled by Islamic State. The oil field funds the Islamic State's war effort and hitting it will damage or set back the group's ability to sell this valuble commodity or at least thats the thinking at the MOD (Ministry Of Defence) no doubt.

The RAF (Royal Air Force) has been hitting IS round the clock using Typhoon and Tornado jets since David Cameron won the vote to bomb Islamic State in Syria as it has been been doing in Iraq.

The RAF has been operating out of its Cypriot airbase in Akrotiri and going back to Michael Fallon in his Sky News piece he stated that the RAF targetting the Omar oil field was an "Impressive achievement" and that civilian casualties there were none.

In a separate development taking place at the same time as the RAF hitting the Omar oil field an RAF Reaper drone destroyed an Islamic State truck bomb with Hell Fire missiles near Sinja in Iraq which has been a scene of fighting between Islamic State and the Iraqi army. When the vote in Parliament was put before MPs it was described as Parliament voting for war but actually the reality was it was not. Parliament was merely voting for whether the UK should extend its air strikes into Syria to hit Islamic State or not as it continues to do in Iraq and now is doing in Syria thanks to MPs voting for the extension of British air strikes from Iraq into Syria.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) being hit by the Russians in their defence of Assad which is backed and trained by the West said though that in the greater scheme of things the British air strikes would not upset Islamic State that much.


Emblem Of Free Syrian Army.

Source

Fallon Does Not Set Time Scale on RAF Air Strikes.

When asked by Sky News would there be a time scale on how long RAF jets would be allowed to bomb IS and its assets Michael Fallon would not put a time scale on it and why would he? The bombing on Islamic State whether in Iraq or Syria probably cannot be put down to a time scale and no doubt there are damage checks by the Coalition forces ranged against Islamic State or Daesh as it is known in Arabic to ascertain what damage has been done to the Islamic States ability to sell its oil or operate its war effort. But these actions from the air may have to last a long time so putting a time scale on it is probably right now nigh on impossible.

The question of land forces comes up as in any air campaign whether that be the bombing of Berlin in the second World War or the bombing of Baghdad in Gulf War 1 land forces eventually have to go in and finish the job. Air power on its own in many examples has never destroyed the enemy completely and in the lack of Western or others seemingly not willing to puts boots on the ground where will these boots come from? Well many of the forces including the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have been mentioned who could be used to drive back and hold former Islamic State territory but right now their fight is with Assad. Whether these and others can be persuaded to turn right around and fight IS when the job against Assad is not done is difficult to say. The so called 70 - 75,000 quoted foot soldiers in Syria who will go in and finish off IS has been criticised as some of these groups are Jihadists themselves like the Nusra Front who have Al - Qaeda links so the issue of boots on the ground and whose feet will be in those boots remains to be seen for the foreseeable.

Meanwhile Michael Fallon has been visiting British forces as they take the fight to Islamic State.



Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)