‘UK missiles killed no Daesh militants’
Britain’s smart Brimstone missiles have not yet killed or wounded any Takfiri Daesh militants in Syria since London began its aerial campaign on the Arab country last year, a report reveals.
The Huffington Post UK revealed on Thursday that the missile, which is said to be Britain’s main reason for joining the US-led air campaign in Syria last December, has failed to record any casualties among terrorists so far.
Brimstone is a radar-guided missile and can be used against moving targets from seven miles away. Only Britain and Saudi Arabia have Brimstone missiles.
British Prime Minister David Cameron had claimed in November 2015 that the missile could be a game changer in the so-called anti-Daesh air campaign by the US-led alliance.
He told MPs ahead of a parliamentary vote on extending UK military actions in Syria that Brimstone missile were a British asset that could make a “meaningful difference” to the US-led campaign.
Brimstone was among “the most accurate weapons known to man” that would cause “the lowest level of civilian casualties,” said Cameron.
The Brimstone missile was used in nine strikes between December 2, 2015 and January 29, and each is estimated to cost £100,000.