The Sheer Nonsense of Counting ISIS KIA
I can’t even begin to articulate the sheer nonsense and comedic absurdity of trying to count members of ISIS killed in RAF airstrikes but someone asked.
A recent Freedom of Information Act Request (FOI) asked;
I would like to know what current estimate the Ministry of Defence has made of the number of ISIS combatants killed as a result of UK airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq
It was, of course, caveated with the obvious difficulty of totting them up.
Please be aware that the figures for enemy combatants killed by RAF airstrikes have not been verified because the UK can not visit strike sites and conduct detailed investigations on the ground such that the numbers of deaths can be categorically determined. They are estimated figures only.
So there you go.
Perhaps of more relevance is a similar question about sorties and estimated civilian deaths.
Civilian deaths, estimated at ZERO
The next question;
The total number of armed UK Reaper missions that flew into Syria since operations over that country began in 2014.
And the answer;
Reaper aircraft are armed as any mission over Syria is likely to involve flying over Iraq. There have been a total of 196 armed missions (as of 7 October 2015) crossing into Syrian airspace since the RAF started flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Syria in 2014. In general one Reaper mission constitutes one aircraft.
Finally, a couple of questions on air strikes in Iraq, the answers;
The above doesn’t include the strike on ‘Jihadi John’, and neither does this
More data here, including information on the methods of reporting etc