UK drone use triples in Afghanistan

The UK has tripled the use of drones for missions in Afghanistan between 2008 and 2012, new official figures shows.

On Friday, Britainâ„¢s Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported the British-operated Reaper drone was deployed 296 times for ground-based assistance or autonomous missions in Afghanistan during 2008.

But in 2012, there were 892 missions by British drones, with reports of 92 missile strikes.

According to a Royal Air Force (RAF) spokesman, the drones are considered to have played a Å“vital role” in supporting military operations in Afghanistan.

Å“The number of Reaper sorties and associated weapons releases has risen as the number of UK Reaper assets and sorties have increased,” RAF spokesman said.

The data was published after a British MP posted a request to the UKâ„¢s Minister of State for the Armed Forces. The report, however, failed to state how many Afghan civilian casualties were caused during the operations.

The spokesperson for Afghan president Hamid Karzai has condemned the surge in drone strikes.

Britain and the US are two major mentors of drone warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Republished from: Press TV