#FOIA MOD Documents Reveal Coalition Forces Bombing Syria without Democratic Sanction ‘

#AceNewsReport – SYRIA:July.17: British combat pilots embedded with American and Canadian coalition forces have bombed targets in Syria without democratic sanction, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed.  Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents obtained by UK human rights group Reprieve on Thursday indicate that British air forces have been covertly involved in military airstrikes over Syria for some time RT Reported via Sources.  

This revelation makes “current debate over whether Britain should carry out such strikes somewhat obsolete,” staff lawyer at Reprieve Jennifer Gibson said in a statement on Friday.

It is alarming that Parliament and the public have been kept in the dark about this for so long,” she added.

An extract from the MoD response to Reprieve’s FOI request says: “UK military personnel embedded with the USA, French and Canadian armed forces have been authorized to deploy with their units to participate in coalition operations against ISIL [Islamic State]

These personnel include pilots flying ISR and Strike missions against ISIL targets using the equipment of those units. Of these three nations only the USA and Canada are operating in Syrian airspace.

The admission says that “UK Embeds operate as if they were the host nation’s personnel, under that nation’s chain of command,” bringing into question the legal basis from UK personnel’s apparently long-running involvement in airstrikes on Syria.

The revelations have created immediate dissent in the government, with Tory MP John Barron telling the BBC that Parliament had said “no to military intervention.

Those troops or individuals should be withdrawn from the embedded program whilst this vote holds sway, while it stills hold authority, until we vote again.

While the UK has been involved in airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq since September 2014, UK MPs voted against military intervention in crisis-ridden Syria in August 2013. The outcome of the vote caused considerable embarrassment to Prime Minister David Cameron, who openly backed the move. 

Responding to a question put by then-Labour Leader Ed Miliband at the time, Cameron vowed to seek another vote before extending combat operations to Syria.

Following June’s terror massacre in Tunisia which left 30 British tourists dead, senior political and military figures in the UK have once again started to push for airstrikes in Syria. In 2013, Britain’s proposed military intervention in the war-torn state was aimed at overthrowing Syrian President Bashar Assad. Recent debate on UK airstrikes in the region has focused on obliterating IS militants operating there.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon recently said the extension of British bombing operations to Syria was a logical move. Speaking at an airpower conference held in London on Thursday, he compared IS to Nazi fascists from the 1940s.

The Labour party has called for an explanation from the MoD by Monday morning.

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UK Soldier ‘Posed With Dead Taliban Fighter’


The picture has appeared on the internet

The RAF (Royal Air Force) has launched a probe after photographs surfaced appearing to show a serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter. The pictures were apparently taken in the wake of an attack by 15 insurgents on Camp Bastion, the main British base in Afghanistan, in September 2012. The insurgents breached the perimeter of the base, triggering a battle involving a British RAF regiment and US marines. Two of the marines and 14 Taliban fighters were killed in the firefight, and UK troops were also injured. The two photographs appear to show at least one member of the RAF giving a thumbs-up sign as he kneels next to the body of a dead insurgent.


Camp Bastion is the main British base in Afghanistan

It is unclear if it is the same serviceman in both of the photographs. Sky News has learned that the individual or individuals belong to 51 Squadron. An RAF source said he was making “no excuses” for the behaviour but said it was important to consider the context. “This was a long, extensive firefight against a well-drilled, well-armed enemy who was trying to kill them,” the source said. He spoke of the “heat of conflict”, the “relief of victory” and the “unusual adrenaline fuelled situation” in which “foolish” things happened. The investigation will focus on whether the airman broke the rules by “mistreating” the enemy. They may also be reprimanded for simply having and using photographic equipment. Another photograph shows a burned-out plane in a hangar – six US Harriet jets were destroyed in the attack. The images first appeared on the website Live Leak. An RAF spokesman said: “Inappropriate actions will not be tolerated in the armed forces. “The RAF is treating this incident extremely seriously and has launched a military police investigation. “As this incident is subject to an ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27346071

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10820745/British-servicemen-pose-with-dead-Taliban-fighter.html

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` UK to send `Surveillance Drone ‘ of the `Royal Air Force ‘ to ‘ Perform Flights’ air-space of Poland and Romania ‘

#AceWorldNews UK will send a surveillance drone of the Royal Air Force to Ukrainian borders, the Defence Ministry of the UK reported on Tuesday.

The drone would perform flights in the air space of Poland and Romania, the representative of the ministry specified. He added that Great Britain detached its surveillance drone to take part in the NATO mission aimed at raising the patrolling level over the Baltic States.

As reported earlier, the NATO Council took the decision on starting regular flights of AWACS radar surveillance planes to monitor the situation in the Crimea and in Ukraine at large.

The planes will be departing from two air bases: from Waddington, Lincolnshire, and Geilenkirchen in western Germany near the German-Belgian border.

Earlier, Washington announced that in order to raise the defence capacity of Poland and the Baltic States the US would sent to these states up to 18 F-16 fighters and several aerial tankers.

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