British Top Guns pounding Islamic State should be awarded a special campaign medal, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon was told today.
RAF fliers and ground support staff taking the fight to ISIS ( Daesh ) extremists in their Iraq and Syria strongholds deserve recognition, MPs heard.
Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith, who visited troops deployed on Operation Shader last week, made the plea during Commons questions after speaking with armed forces based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus last week.
She told Sir Michael: “I’m concerned that there is currently no specific medal to recognise the dedication and bravery of servicemen and women on Operation Shader.
“In doing their duty these men and women are protecting UK citizens from the threat of Daesh, as well as defending civilians in the region.”
The Defence Secretary paid tribute to ‘”brave” RAF heroes who “have contributed tirelessly to this campaign for over two and a half years”.
He added” replied: “So far as the issue of the medal is concerned, the Operational Recognition Board at our Permanent Joint Headquarters is keeping that under review.
“As soon as a decision is made on the appropriate medallic recognition for Operation Shader, an announcement will be made to this House.”
RAF Tornados, Typhoons and drones have been bombing ISIS fanatics in Iraq since 2014 and Syria since 2015 to try and stop the jihadists’ sweep across the region.
Their advance has been halted and forces are now focused on ousting them from their heartlands.