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The attacks by soldiers in Lincolnshire operating planes three and a half thousand miles away in Afghanistan need to be less secretive according to a new government report into the UK's use of armed drones.
Campaigners argue controllers at RAF Waddington are dangerously detached from reality,. But MPs say remotely-operated aircraft keep our service personnel away from the battlefield. Emma Wilkinson reports.
The Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear disarmament says pilots operating armed drones thousands of miles away are too removed from the realities of war, which leads to unnecessary deaths.
But the House of Commons Defence Committee said in its report today that pilots are fully aware of the gravity of their actions:
The Chair of the Defence Select Committee is calling for more pilots of drones, which are operated from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The aircraft has been praised for its work in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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MPs say the MoD needs to be more open about its use of unmanned aerial drones if it is to build public confidence in their operations