Nick Hopkins
The Guardian
February 10, 2014

British pilots have launched at least 39 missile strikes against suspected Taliban insurgents from American drones based in Afghanistan, according to new figures.

The details have emerged from the Ministry of Defence, which has for the first time disclosed how RAF crews using unmanned US aircraft have launched missiles in conflict zones.

The MoD insists British drone pilots always operate under UK rules of engagement, whatever asset they are flying.

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