Monday 29 April 2013

Drone attacks from the UK

UK starts drone attacks from home soil

The City of Lincoln in the north of England. Scenic. Suburban. And suddenly a hub for Britain's war on terror. This week the government announced that it's now conducting drone attacks on Afghanistan from the base behind me - RAF Waddington - where 100 personnel are manning the hi-tech reaper drones carrying 500lb bombs and hellfire missiles. In response to the move, hundreds of anti-war demonstrators have marched through the city to the army site. Drone Expert Chris Coles agrees - that Britain is expanding its drone project - with the help of its friends. The government defends drones. It says they save lives. It will only admit to one civilian killing. But reality on the ground speaks differently.

UK insists its operations are only in Afghanistan - where British drones have flown about 45,000 hours and fired about 350 times

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