Tag Iraq

Cloud Cuckoo Land

One of the greatest problems with UK defence and security policy is the complete and utter disconnect between aspirations and reality. Having successively cut the UK defence budget and failed to control the inexorable rise of defence equipment costs the…

Learning to Agree with the Guardian

The big news today is that British pilots on exchange with the United States Navy (and possibly Canadian forces) have been conducting operations over Syria. Now we all know personnel exchanges between allies are run of the mill, mundane business…

Opening the Port at Umm Qasr, Iraq 2003

The area around Umm Qasr and the Al Faw peninsula in Iraq featured a range of amphibious and mine clearance activities in 2003. Background The port of Umm Qasr, before the conflict, was responsible for two-thirds of the United Nations…

Slim Pickings in Iraq

OP SHADER RAF Tornado GR.4
Below is an extract from a recent MoD update on RAF operations over Iraq; 25 January: a Reaper was once again on patrol over northern Iraq on Sunday, providing top cover to the peshmerga as they consolidated their latest successful…

OP SHADER Pictures and Video

RAF Tornado GR4's at RAF Akrotiri Cyprus being armed with the Paveway IV Laser Guided Bomb.
A collection of images and videos from Operation SHADER, the UK operation against ISIS, in Iraq. RAF Tornado aircraft armed with Paveway IV precision guided bombs and supported by Voyager tankers have conducted a number of armed recce missions over…