17/10/2014

Govt Redeploy Reaper Drones To Iraq

The government has confirmed that UK Reaper drones will be redeployed from Afghanistan to Iraq, to be used against Islamic State (IS) militants.

The unmanned, armed, drones will provide surveillance support for the US-led coalition and Iraqi authorities.

It follows a vote last month in which MPs backed air strikes against IS militants in Iraq.

It is understood that the redeployment of the drones will increase the UK's air capabilities in the region, joining Tornado GR4 aircraft already stationed in the country.

(MH)

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