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Allied blitz against ISIS kills 25,000 terrorists in Iraq and Syria as British bombing helps cut the group back to its weakest level in two years
- Defence Secretary Michael Fallon briefed the Cabinet on the latest today
- Ministers were told 600 ISIS fighters had been killed in the last month alone
- Britain is the second biggest contributor to the bombing campaign after US
- ISIS now at its weakest position in two years, according to Downing Street
- For more of the latest Islamic State news visit www.dailymail.co.uk/isis
Published: 14:45 GMT, 3 May 2016 | Updated: 17:17 GMT, 3 May 2016
ISIS has been reduced to its weakest level in two years under a sustained blitz from British and coalition bombing, No 10 said today.
Some 600 fighters have been killed in the past month - bringing the total number of terrorists killed to 25,000 since the campaign began.
Britain is the second biggest contributor to the allied air campaign after the United States, No 10 said today.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon briefed the Cabinet on the latest action against ISIS, referred to by the Government as Daesh, earlier today.
The Ministry of Defence has released regular updates on its bombing strikes in Iraq and Syria, including pictures and video of British planes destroying targets
In the latest attacks, British planes were in action over northern Iraq, dropping Paveway bombs on a Daesh compound and silencing an enemy sniper
Mr Fallon's briefing came ahead of a conference later this week of countries contributing to the military effort against ISIS.
He also discussed measures being undertaken to prevent IS establishing footholds in other areas, particularly north Africa.
The Prime Minister's Official Spokeswoman: 'We have now seen more than 25,000 Daesh fighters killed, over 600 in the last month or so.
'The number of Daesh fighters is estimated to be at its lowest for about two years.
'We are playing a vital role in terms of the coalition air strikes - we are the second largest contributor behind the US.
'We have seen the Iraqi forces managing to clear Daesh out of the town of Hit in recent weeks and working with Kurdish and other partners liberating key areas of Syria and also managing to cut off the main route between Raqqa and Mosul.'
In the most recent announcement of specific action, the Ministry of Defence said British planes had been in repeated action in mid-April.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said 25,000 ISIS fighters had been killed since the campaign began, including 600 in the past month (file picture)
They said: 'In western Iraq, Typhoons continued to support Iraqi ground forces north of Fallujah, where they conducted four Paveway attacks against snipers, a bunker and an entrenched fighting position.
'Tornados patrolled south-west of Kirkuk, where two Paveways destroyed a bridge built by Daesh across a canal, and a communications post nearby.
'Typhoons were again in action near Fallujah on Sunday 24 April - one pair silenced a sniper position that was firing on Iraqi troops, while a second pair dropped three Paveways on a Daesh compound.'
IS has suffered major setbacks over the past months in Syria at the hands of government forces and US-backed Kurdish fighters including the loss of the historic city of Palmyra.
The self-declared caliphate has also suffered financially from coalition strikes on the oil facilities which provide much of its income and has lost territory in Iraq to the forces of the Baghdad government.
British jets, including RAF Tornadoes (file picture) have led the way in the allied campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq