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UK Military Activity in the Middle East Increased

Library image from January 2024 of an RAF Typhoon jet deployed on Operation SHADER in the Middle East [Crown Copyright: Sgt Lee Goddard]

In response to increased Iranian threats and escalation in the Middle East the UK Government has increased military activity.

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Press Release, Whitehall, 13 April 2024, 23:59 BST : In response to increased Iranian threats and the growing risk of escalation in the Middle East, the UK Government has been working with partners across the region to encourage de-escalation and prevent further attacks.

We have moved several additional Royal Air Force jets and air refuelling tankers to the region. These will bolster Operation SHADER, which is the UK’s existing counter-Daesh operation in Iraq and Syria. In addition, these UK jets will intercept any airborne attacks within range of our existing missions, as required.

We will continue to cooperate closely with our regional partners in the interest of de-escalation.

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