UK to Deploy Armed Drones Against Islamic State in Iraq

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Drones will support Iraqi and coalition troops against Islamic State, Britain will shortly begin re-deploying its unmanned armed drones from Afghanistan to counter Islamic State Jihadists in Iraq.

It will be the first time Britain has deployed Reapers outside Afghanistan, where Britain is completing a pull-out of combat troops this year. The remotely-piloted Reaper aircraft will provide surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence support to the Iraqi troops and international coalition forces taking on the IS group in northern Iraq. The drones can also launch bombs and missiles.

The armed unmanned aircraft will be increasingly based in the Middle East as they are withdrawn from Afghanistan.

The defense secretary Michael Fallon confirmed they would be used to provide “surveillance support” to Iraqi authorities and the US-led coalition.

Britain already has eight Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado fighter jets conducting bombing raids on Islamic State targets in Iraq. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The surveillance capability of Reaper will see it provide vital situational awareness, making it an invaluable asset to the Iraqi government and the coalition allies.

 “If strike operations are required then Reaper has the ability to complement the sorties RAF Tornados have already completed.”

The U.S.-made Reapers are normally armed with two Paveway laser-guided bombs and four Hellfire missiles for precision strikes.

 The Ministry of Defense also said a small group of British infantry have completed a week training the Kurdish forces fighting extremists in using the heavy machine guns Britain gave them last month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Via Dronewars/Chris Cole

 

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