Britain’s Special Forces have launched a devastating electronic warfare attack on Islamic State terrorists in Libya.

The highly sophisticated ‘jamming strike’ crippled the group’s communications network around their stronghold of Sirte, a town on Libya’s Mediterranean coast – just 200 miles from Europe.

According to defence sources the ‘black ops’ attack was led by the crew of an RAF Rivet Joint spy plane.

These airmen used VHF and UHF transmitters to jam the radio frequencies used by IS to exchange information on the battlefield.

The RAF’s radio experts did this by tuning into the enemy’s preferred frequencies. The crew then used the high-powered transmitters built into the aircraft to broadcast interference on the same wavelengths, drowning out the enemy’s conversations.

Meanwhile, aboard HMS Enterprise, a GCHQ cyber-warfare team gauged the response to last week’s jamming strike by monitoring exchanges online between IS leaders – who are believed to be in command of up to 6,000 jihadists in Libya.

A source said: ‘They were very angry and couldn’t understand what had gone wrong. We jammed the frequencies for 40 minutes – long enough to prove the capability, but not so long that IS realised what was happening.

Read more- Daily Mail

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