LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Thursday it was sending armed drones to Iraq to help it fight Islamic State militants and support British Tornado aircraft already conducting air strikes.
Britain is part of an international coalition, led by the United States and including Middle-Eastern partners, which is trying to counter the advance of IS fighters who have seized large amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria.
The “Reaper” drones, built by privately owned U.S. firm General Atomics, were being re-deployed from Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a written statement to parliament.
“As the UK’s only armed remotely piloted aircraft, Reaper will add to the strike capability we are already providing,” Fallon said.
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