UK extends surveillance aircraft use in Iraq, Syria

LONDON, Sep. 27 (MNA) – The UK is to extend the use of surveillance aircraft in Iraq and Syria until next year, the defense secretary has announced.

“The RAF Sentinel will continue to provide information to British and coalition forces fighting ISIL terrorists,” Michael Fallon said.

He said the fight against ISIL terrorists remained the UK's ‘top operational priority’.

He mentioned the results achieved by these military actions that are opposed by the Syrian government.

“Our armed forces have conducted more than 300 strikes, flown almost a third of all coalition surveillance flights and trained over 2,000 local troops,” he added.

The UK has been carrying out surveillance and air-to-air refueling operations in Syria although the government was defeated in a vote on military action in the country in 2013.

Some 500 British people have travel to Iraq join ISIL.

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