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Service Personnel In Cyprus Assist In Aid Air Drops

Defence Secretary has thanked British Service personnel at RAF Akrotiri for their efforts in the humanitarian mission in Iraq

Published on 17 August 2014

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by Ministry of Defence, Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


London, England

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon Meeting British Forces Personnel At RAF Akrotiri Cyprus
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon Meeting British Forces Personnel At RAF Akrotiri Cyprus

In a visit to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon thanked British military personnel for their hard work in providing humanitarian aid to the people in Iraq.

UK humanitarian aid air drops have been run out of Akrotiri, as have surveillance flights.

During his visit, the Defence Secretary said:

"Our military personnel in Cyprus have saved lives this week by delivering much needed supplies in Iraq. Today I met the crews and staff on the base. Britain should be exceptionally proud of their tireless efforts."

Also supporting the humanitarian mission is the recent deployment of the Rivet Joint intelligence gathering aircraft by providing operational and tactical level intelligence.

Rivet Joint has helped to build an understanding of the humanitarian situation in Northern Iraq and the associated threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The intelligence and insight it has provided has guided the UK’s humanitarian efforts to give a more accurate picture of what is going on the ground so that aid is delivered to the Yazidi people in the most effective way.


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Posted 2014-08-17 10:43:00