VIDEO: Operated from UK, RAF drone kills Daesh sniper in Syria, preventing execution of civilians

In its sights, a Daesh sniper is seen (circled) on the roof of a building (MOD)
Updated 20 September 2017
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VIDEO: Operated from UK, RAF drone kills Daesh sniper in Syria, preventing execution of civilians

DUBAI: This British Ministry of Defense video footage shows the moment a drone strike was carried out, preventing Daesh from carrying out a street execution in a Syrian street.
Operated from the RAF Waddington base in England, the drone was being used to monitor the insurgents in Abu Kamal, in Eastern Syria, when the “pilot” spotted two handcuffed prisoners being led from a van and being placed in front of a crowd of onlookers.
Aware of the presence of civilians and using the onboard cameras, the drone operators then spotted a Daesh sniper on the roof of a nearby building and fired a hellfire missile.
In the footage the crowds can be seen standing in the street below, then the missile strikes where the sniper was with pinpoint precision, there is an explosion, and in the background the crowds of people can be seen running away.
British Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon: “As fighting has evolved we have adapted, ensuring our troops have cutting-edge equipment including unmanned systems operated from outside the battle space.”
He added: “Our troops have made huge contributions to the fight against Daesh, helping end its tyranny in large parts of Iraq and Syria… They have conducted over 1,500 strikes against Daesh terrorist targets and helped train nearly 60,000 Iraqi Security Forces.”


Libyan coast guard intercepts 40 migrants bound for Europe

Updated 22 July 2018
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Libyan coast guard intercepts 40 migrants bound for Europe

  • Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for people fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa
  • Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants with the help of training and money from Europe

CAIRO: Libya’s coast guard says it has intercepted 40 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, near its shores, bound for Europe.
Coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a boat carrying 31 men, eight women and a child was stopped on Saturday off the coast of the western city of Zuwara.
He said on Sunday the migrants, who are of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian and Nigerian nationalities, were taken to a naval base in Tripoli.
Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for people fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa. Human traffickers have exploited Libya’s chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime ruler Muammar Qaddafi.
Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants with the help of training and money from Europe.