The BBC have obtained photos of British special forces operating in Syria, defending a rebel base under attack by Islamic State.

The BBC published photos of around a dozen special forces soldiers on four vehicles heavily equipped with weapons.

The BBC said that the photos were taken in June, immediately after an Islamic State attack which had killed nine of the rebels at the southeastern Al Tanaf base.

The BBC has obtained photos showing British special forces operating in Syria against IS. CREDIT: BBC
The BBC has obtained photos showing British special forces operating in Syria against IS. CREDIT: BBC
It was already known that British special forces based in Jordan were crossing into Syria to assist the New Syrian Army in al-Tanf.

Operation Shader is the operational code name given to the British participation in the ongoing military intervention against the Islamic State.

The operation began in Iraq on the 26th of September 2014, following a formal request for assistance by the Iraqi government.

Prior to this, the Royal Air Force had been engaged in a humanitarian relief effort over Mount Sinjar, which involved multiple aid airdrops by transport aircraft and the airlifting of displaced refugees. By October 2014, the intervention had extended onto Syria with the Royal Air Force only mandated to conduct surveillance flights over the country.

In December 2015, the House of Commons approved British airstrikes against IS in Syria. The UK is one of several countries directly involved in the ongoing Syrian conflict that started in March 2011.

By June 2016, the Ministry of Defence had announced that over 1,000 personnel were engaged in theater and that the Royal Air Force had conducted around 900 airstrikes, flying over 2,200 sorties, killing almost 1,000 Islamic State fighters.

The deployment Britain’s special forces does not require parliamentary approval, unlike the deployment of regular soldiers.


  1. The courage from those soldiers may also be there. Its something that a lot of people think its normal. Those men and women give their lives for freedom, democracy and deserve our respect. Im very glad the BBC shows what the work from special forces contains. Not just sitting on your as. As normal people do, when they come fome from a 9-17.00 0 clock job. And think: there goes my tax money. You have seen in London what ISIS can do. you have seen it in Paris, Brussels and allso in Germany. The militairy is there to protect human society. And that contains also the Brittish society.

  2. I like how a lot of people are concerned with OpSec, though these pictures are released for use by the MoD so are fine, the fact our special forces have been fighting ISIS has been common knowledge for quite a while now so enemies can’t garner anything particularly useful from these photographs.

  3. Don’t matter who knows dpe ial forces ste I. Location either way the enemy end up FUBAR dog food

  4. To hell with those Whitehall Warriors. So much for Force Protection and Operational Security. So what if you’ve spoken to MoD?


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