Britain sends its Sentinel R-1 spy plane to Mali to fight the al-Qaeda

Britain sends its Sentinel R-1 spy plane to Mali to fight the al-Qaeda

London : United Kingdom | Jan 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM PST
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The outrageous killing of 38 persons, mostly foreigners in the Algerian desert gas complex, has forced the British PM David Cameron to send one of its spy planes to Mali to track down and eliminate the militants linked to the al-Qaeda.

This has been reported in of dated 26th of January 2013.

As the conflict enter its third week, Britain has now joined up with France.

Britain had earlier made available C-17 military transport aircraft to France.

Now, it would deploy the Sentinel R-1 aircraft which has surveillance capabilities and the aircraft would be from RAF Waddington base and would operate in its mission from a US base in Senegal.

This spy plane has been used extensively in Libya and Afghanistan as intimated by Philip Hammond, the Defence-Secretary.

The Sentinel R-1 has a crew of five and operates at an altitude of 49,000-feet - it had been used in the campaign to remove Col Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

While David Cameron has ruled out positioning ground troops in Mali, the French President Francois Hollande has said that his country's forces would remain in Mali as long it takes to fight off the jihadists threats.

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