BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The United Kingdom has deployed its F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Middle East as the Royal Air Force continues its operations against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in Syria and Iraq.

Citing Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt, Britain’s ITV reported that the latter visited Royal Air Force’s base in Cyprus, where RAF pilots are training with six of their F-35 jets.

“I am very proud that these are now flying in defense and in projecting the UK’s national interest,” Mordaunt began. “This is a fantastic new aircraft, it is amazing, it’s doing so well out here on these operations… it’s a really historic moment.”

“It obviously has some incredible capabilities which are really putting us in the lead,” she continued.

The jets were deployed to Cyprus, where British Eurofighter Typhoons are also stationed, on Exercise Lightning Dawn, the first overseas deployment for the RAF F-35s which was designed to allow pilots and engineers to gain experience in maintaining and flying the aircraft in an unfamiliar environment.

In the past four weeks, the jets have flown in pairs for more than 225 hours, just over 30% of their total flying hours in the last year, and carried out 95 missions before joining Operation Shader, the name given to the UK’s contribution in the ongoing military action against IS.

No bombs have been dropped or missiles fired by the F-35s during their operational missions, which involved armed reconnaissance.

Group Captain Jonny Moreton, the commanding officer of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing based at RAF Akrotiri, said there had yet to be any requirement for the F-35s to attack.

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“We haven’t dropped any weapons from Typhoon (also flying as part of Operation Shader) in that period either,” he added. “It is not a very kinetic phase of the operation at the moment.”

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Britain, like France, has economic, political and social problems of her own but chooses to tag along with the Americans/Saudis/Emiratis in Syria and the Yemen and create havoc in those countries.

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You are right. All of the bigger economies have problems with the exception of Germany. That does not mean they are parslysed.

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“…That does not mean they are parslysed….”
You mean, “They can still be American poodles?..”

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Muhaha! Merkel even expelled all CIA operatives in Germany.
BTW, we’re EU first.
EU serves its interest first.
E.U. über alles.
And you, you still can be the poodle for who?
Maybe you’re our bïatch after all, even if you don’t know it…

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You surely don’t live in a democracy : you obviously have no clue on how democracies interact.
You mistakenly interpret our relations as domination/submission shït! Our societies don’t work this way.
Look, do you know that Trump can be fired?

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Karel : The main problem with Germany is that they’re freeloading their security, thus jeopardising the security of the EU as they only spend 1.3% of the GDP in the military. Now I perfectly understand that for historical reasons, Germany is not hot at having a big army again, but they could fund equipment for EU countries that have a hard time to afford it, especially those on EU outer borders, the same way Germany could fund assets for the EU reaction forces. And by lifting at 2%, Germany can fund this necessary procurement. They spend $53.00B when they should… Read more »

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+++ “like France, has economic, political and social problems” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Est 2019 : GDP (nominal) : $2.845 trillion Increase Per capita : $43,500 Increase GDP (PPP) : $3.081 trillion Per capita : $47,113 HDI : 0.901 very high Increase 6th world economy with 69M inhabitants only. Economic problems? Are you sure? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 – Political problems? Mark my words, the day the French will stop to grumble about politics will be the day after Doomsday! Look, there is a serious debate about legalizing marijuana in France, the country with the biggest number of potheads… Guess what? The dealers are against! –… Read more »

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FairsFair : for Yemen : Houthis are the Iranian poodles and they did a coup, thanks to Iranian backing instead of competing legally in elections! It’s the legitimate Yemeni army, backed by KSA and UAE which fights the Houthis! I have a VERY poor opinion on the Bani-Saud, but in Yemen, they’re on the good side of history, just like the ayatoilets helping Assad… And Americans/Saudis/Emiratis are not wrecking Havoc in Syria : it’s f*cking Turkey and Qatar!!! Saudis have backed up since MBS is crown prince, UAE didn’t interfered. Arab-Palestine (Jordan) has serious responsibilities too. Say what you will,… Read more »