Top Stories

Oct 21, 7:09 AM EDT

British surveillance drones to fly over Syria

World Video

Documents
Indictment of Monzer al-Kassar
Latest Syria News
Syrian airstrikes kill 8 in town near Jordan

Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria

UN refugee chief says Europe must open borders

Holocaust Museum shows images of Syrian killings

Syrian Kurds press hundreds of young men into army

Photo Gallery
Animal census at the London Zoo
Latest News from Britain
UK suspect extradited to US to face terror charges

British surveillance drones to fly over Syria

Small fire damages historic clipper Cutty Sark

UK police to help Thailand murder investigation

Families of slain UK aid workers call for unity

UK police charge 5 over alleged London terror plot

Buy AP Photo Reprints

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's defense ministry says Royal Air Force drones will fly intelligence-gathering missions over Syria, in a broadening of U.K. operations against the Islamic State group beyond Iraq.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Tuesday that British Reaper drones and Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft would be starting operations "very shortly."

In a written statement to lawmakers, Fallon said the aircraft would "gather intelligence as part of our efforts to protect our national security from the terrorist threat emanating from there."

He said the drones were not authorized to use weapons in Syria.

Britain's Parliament voted last month to approve British airstrikes against IS forces in Iraq, but not in Syria.

Fallon said that armed operations in Syria would require "further permission."

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

  • 490 First Avenue South
  • St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • 727-893-8111