Anglo-American Remote Warfare: The US and Britain Establish “Drone Sharing”
By Chris Jones and Alice K Ross
May 02, 2013
An estimated 600 campaigners staged a march and rally at a Lincolnshire air base this weekend protesting at the opening of the UK’s first military base for remote armed drone operations.
Protesters marched four miles from Lincoln to RAF Waddington. Last week the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that drone flights in Afghanistan are already being piloted from the air base.
The march took place as the government admitted that Royal Air Force crews have carried out more than 2,000 missions using ‘borrowed’ US armed drones. These are on top of hundreds of missions carried out by the RAF’s own Reaper drone fleet in Afghanistan.
The news prompted Conservative MP Rehman Chishti to warn that armed drone operations in Afghanistan by the RAF and the United States Air Force have become so interchangeable that Britain ‘may no longer be able to determine accountability and responsibility if civilians are killed’.