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War protester: 'Now is the time to ban killer drones'

Ahead of a planned protest outside an RAF base today against the UK's use of armed drones in Afghanistan, War on Want senior campaigns officer Rafeef Ziadah said:

Drones, controlled far away from conflict zones, ease politicians' decisions to launch military strikes and order extrajudicial assassinations, without democratic oversight or accountability to the public.

"Now is the time to ban killer drones - before it is too late.

  1. Central

Drones have been flown for the first time from Lincolnshire

Drone missions over Afghanistan have been flown by RAF pilots operating on British soil for the first time.

Until this week, RAF crews who control armed drones in Afghanistan have been operating from the USA Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.

The drones will be used in Afghanistan Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Last year the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that the UK was doubling the number of armed RAF drones in Afghanistan to 10 with the five new aircraft to be operated remotely from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

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Anti-drones protest set to be staged at RAF base

Anti-war protesters are set to gather outside an RAF base today to voice their opposition to the UK's use of armed drones in Afghanistan.

Members of the Stop The War Coalition, CND, The Drone Campaign Network and War on Want will march from Lincoln to nearby RAF Waddington.

An RAF MQ-9 Reaper Credit: MOD

The RAF began remotely operating its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles deployed to Afghanistan from the Lincolnshire airbase earlier this week.

In a statement, the RAF said it had started supporting the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan ground troops with "armed intelligence and surveillance missions" remotely piloted from RAF Waddington.

The aircraft were previously operated from a United States Air Force base in Nevada.

  1. Tyne Tees

Full Report: Soldiers back from Afghanistan

More than 100 soldiers have returned safely to their base in North Yorkshire following a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The soldiers from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery were met by their families at Alanbrooke Barracks, near Thirsk, last night.

The 'North East Gunners' had been helping to train Afghan special forces as the withdrawal of British troops continues.

You can watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.

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  1. Tyne Tees

Soldiers return to the region from Afghanistan

North East soldiers who have been stationed out in Afghanistan on active duty are due to return home today.

Some of the troops from 4 Mechanized Brigade will however remain on duty in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

The last soldiers from the regiment left Catterick Garrison to go on the operational tour last October.

The army headquarters at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire Credit: ITV News
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