LATEST: RAF Marham take part in Islamic State Fight
8:00am 29th September 2014
Crews from RAF Marham have been taking part in air raids against Islamic State militants over the weekend. MPs voted to give it the go ahead on Friday.
Sky's correspondent Tom Parmenter is at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus where the RAF has based its operations.
“The RAF Tornados here in Cyprus are originally from RAF Marham in Norfolk, and many of the crews who will be manning these airstrikes are normally living with their families in Norfolk. They’re out here on a long mission; it started as a Humanitarian effort, doing reconnaissance trying to make sure that aid drops are being done safely.”
Over the weekend it was confirmed that combat missions had taken place but no targets had been fired upon.
“Reconnaissance was done, and information was gathered but missiles were not used. If anything it does show that the British involvement in this wider international effort is measured, it is precise.”
The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is now warning the operation to defeat the extremists could take some time.
We’ll bring you the latest on this as we get the details...