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Syria: Military Intervention

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL1650, tabled on 20 July 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many combat missions involving British pilots embedded with US forces have taken place over Syria since August 2013; whether Ministers gave permission for the involvement of British personnel in such missions; and if so, why Parliament was not informed.

Answered on

27 July 2015

Five British pilots embedded with Coalition forces have been involved in combat missions over Syria under the operational command of their host nation. Ministers authorise the embedding of UK personnel on deployment with host forces. It has been long-standing practice not to announce such deployments.