Oct 8, 2014
Belgian F-16 launches first strike in Iraq
Belgium has contributed six F-16 bombers to the United States-led air campaign against Islamic State militants, backing up Iraqi and Kurdish troops on the ground.
Two of the Belgian jets were flying their first reconnaissance missions over Iraqi territory on Sunday when they were called to action.
After the positive identification of a terrorist element attacking Iraqi security forces, one of the war planes was asked to launch an air strike.
The Belgian aircraft intervened with a GPS-guided bomb, resulting in the immediate neutralisation of the enemy threat.