March 11, 2014
Britain’s squadron of Reaper drones is likely to be redeployed to Africa and the Middle East rather than returned to the UK, a UN official has said.
Ben Emmerson QC, the UN rapporteur monitoring counter-terrorist operations by unmanned aircraft, whose report on armed drone operations around the world will be published on Tuesday, said he believed the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had no wish to bring the drones back once the Afghan campaign ends, in December.
In an interview with the Guardian, Emmerson said he had been told the RAF’s fleet of 10 Reaper drones, operated remotely via satellite from a ground station at RAF Waddington, in Lincolnshire, would remain overseas once they were withdrawn from Afghanistan.
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