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British warplanes destroy Islamic State group targets in Iraq

  • IN this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defence a RAF Tornado is checked at RAF Akrotiri  in Cyprus after its from return armed mission in Iraq Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Britain's Ministry of Defence on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 said two RAF Tornados fired  missiles against an armed pick-up truck and transport vehicle west of Baghdad. It is the second time UK forces have hit Islamic State group targets  since the British  Parliament authorised involvement in the international military campaign last week. (AP Photo/Crp Neil Bryden RAF, MOD)

    IN this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defence a RAF Tornado is checked at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus after its from return armed mission in Iraq Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Britain's Ministry of Defence on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 said two RAF Tornados fired missiles against an armed pick-up truck and transport vehicle west of Baghdad. It is the second time UK forces have hit Islamic State group targets since the British Parliament authorised involvement in the international military campaign last week. (AP Photo/Crp Neil Bryden RAF, MOD)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defence a RAF Tornado is checked at RAF Akrotiri  in Cyprus after its from return armed mission in Iraq Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Britain's Ministry of Defence on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 said two RAF Tornados fired  missiles against an armed pick-up truck and transport vehicle west of Baghdad. It is the second time UK forces have hit Islamic State group targets  since the British  Parliament authorised involvement in the international military campaign last week. (AP Photo/Crp Neil Bryden RAF, MOD)

    In this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defence a RAF Tornado is checked at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus after its from return armed mission in Iraq Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Britain's Ministry of Defence on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 said two RAF Tornados fired missiles against an armed pick-up truck and transport vehicle west of Baghdad. It is the second time UK forces have hit Islamic State group targets since the British Parliament authorised involvement in the international military campaign last week. (AP Photo/Crp Neil Bryden RAF, MOD)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defence a RAF Tornado is checked at RAF Akrotiri  in Cyprus after its from return armed mission in Iraq Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Britain's Ministry of Defence on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 said two RAF Tornados fired  missiles against an armed pick-up truck and transport vehicle west of Baghdad. It is the second time UK forces have hit Islamic State group targets  since the British  Parliament authorised involvement in the international military campaign last week. (AP Photo/Crp Neil Bryden RAF, MOD)

    In this image released by Britain's Ministry of Defence a RAF Tornado is checked at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus after its from return armed mission in Iraq Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Britain's Ministry of Defence on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 said two RAF Tornados fired missiles against an armed pick-up truck and transport vehicle west of Baghdad. It is the second time UK forces have hit Islamic State group targets since the British Parliament authorised involvement in the international military campaign last week. (AP Photo/Crp Neil Bryden RAF, MOD)  (The Associated Press)

A British military officer says Royal Air Force warplanes flying out of a UK air base on Cyprus have destroyed four Islamic State group targets in Iraq over the last two days.

RAF Akrotiri station commander Chaz Kennett said Wednesday that two Tornado GR4 aircraft used bombs and precision missiles to destroy a "heavy weapon position" and an armed pick-up truck. They were supporting Kurdish troops under attack Tuesday from the extremist group in northwest Iraq.

In the second strike early Wednesday, a pair of Tornado planes fired four missiles to destroy two Islamic State group vehicles, including an armed pick-up truck.

British warplanes have been conducting combat missions over Iraq since Saturday, hours after Britain joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations that are launching airstrikes against the extremists.