An RAF Reaper attacks Islamic State boat loaded with hundreds of mortar and rocket rounds.

On 16 October 2014, the MOD announced the deployment of armed Reapers in Operation Shader, the UK’s contribution to the United States-led military intervention against Islamic State, the first occasion the UK used its Reapers outside Afghanistan.

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    • You have been volunteered for the newest regiment in the British Army, the 5th Disgusting Fusileers.

      Following similar comments on social media they will follow tactics in battle dating back to the 18 century, wear red tunics and form close line in battle, whilst forming squares to deal with cavalry (a tactic that should also work against the modern equivalent, the main battle tank).

    • I see it the same as Matt you shouldn’t be able to take a life without risking your own. It takes no skill to use a drone, but soldier against soldier the best soldier wins

    • Bible bashing? Never read the bible in my life, i just dont believe in blowing people up from 5000 miles, if you join the army you cant expect people not to expect you to put your life on the line, thats what your there to do so dont start goin off on one saying civvies this civvies that, you get paid to hold a gun not me, you chose that life not me so stop bitchin

    • ‘You can’t expect people to not expect us to put our lives on the line.’

      Is that a double negative? I hope so as I’m sat with my feet up at the moment. XBOX might catch on fire though so guess my life could be at risk..

    • Whats wrong with that chris morgan? Theyre people that actually put their life on the line unlike you, you fucking woman, oh civvies dont have a clue civvies this civvies that, fuck off and go pick your pen up and shine your shoes you womble! And welcome back to civvy street, good luck getting a job im the normal world if you havent already had a bullet through your head by then

    • So let me get this straight in your logic? Because I could programme a Storm Shadow to hit an enemy target 100 miles away without risk to my aircraft or myself then that makes me a murderer because I am not seeing the whites of their eyes?
      Odd logic from an armchair warrior…I’d stick to playing the XBox kid

    • Matty Southworth your description of the military is about 50 years out of date and you obviously have little concept of warfare, it’s place in the modern world or the realities of war fighting.

      Both Chris and I are rejoining the civilian world – he has secured a very nice job and I’m getting chased by a number of potential employers. There are a number of transferable skills and qualities that an employer can find in an ex-serviceman. The ability to form a coherent sentence being one…

    • Never played xbox in my life… Kid. I believe you shouldnt kill if you cant see the enemy with your own eyes and if there is no danger to yourself then its not warfare, its sucker punching someone from behind with a run up, thats my oppinion, not taken from the bible, not taken from xboxes and not taken from signing up to the army then 2 weeks later telling everyone “ive seen stuff maaaan” its just my opinion, you dont like it then in the words of cartman “suck my balls”

    • Only an idiot fights a battle on even terms. If I was out there fighting Isis I would want to do it with the best chance of coming home. Our service men and women risk themselves enough as it is, fighting an enemy that fights hidden amongst civilians so we can’t fight back.

    • Chris Morgan, no need for that mate. Completely out of order….PNE are by far the bigger club.

      Matty Southworth. War isn’t a sport, so any advantage should be taken.

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