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RAF chief Pulford vows to win 'new Battle of Britain'

By Gavin Cordon

Published 17/07/2015

Sir Andrew Pulford
Sir Andrew Pulford

The head of the RAF has vowed to win "the new Battle of Britain" being fought against Islamic State (IS) extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, the Chief of the Air Staff, said British warplanes would remain "heavily engaged" in operations against the militants.

His comments came as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed the deployment of a second RAF Rivet Joint spy plane to the region.

Addressing the Royal United Services Institute air power conference in London, Mr Fallon compared the fight against IS to the struggle against Nazi Germany in the 1940s.

"Today, with more warnings of threats to our citizens in Tunisia... we're fighting a new Battle of Britain," he said.

"Once again, against a fascist enemy, an enemy prepared to kill its enemies and civilians alike, it is the RAF spearheading our counter attack, targeting the terror menace in Iraq."

Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that he will seek a Commons vote authorising the extension of air strikes into Syria.

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