UK Trying to Protect its Own Jihadists From Russian Airstrikes in Iraq?
If information that British RAF pilots had been ordered to shoot down Russian fighter jets over Iraq is true, then it’s a clear provocation and an attempt to undermine Russia’s efforts not only in Syria, but also in Iraq, said Viktor Nadein-Raevskiy, a researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Earlier, a UK defense source told the Daily Star Sunday tabloid that British and NATO pilots reportedly had been given clearance to shoot down Russian jets over Iraq. UK defense sources stressed that RAF pilots have been told to avoid contact with Russian jets “at all costs,” but warned the pilots must be prepared to attack Russian jets “if their lives depend on it.”
The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Tornado combat aircraft are equipped with up to four Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM) to shoot down any Russian jet they encounter.
“Why is there in fact even a talk about hitting Russian jets that aren’t even in Iraq? What is this? An attempt to warn us to avoid the Iraqi sky, despite the request of the government of the country from the very beginning of our operation
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