UK troops working with US military at base for Yemen drone operations

Tom Watson MP and rights group express concern as MoD admits presence of UK personnel in Djibouti but denies involvement in plotting strikes on al-Qaida

British liaison staff are embedded with US forces in the Horn of Africa, the Ministry of Defence has revealed, as concern grows about redeployment of the UK squadron of 10 armed Reaper drones.

Although three British officers are based at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti the US base from which unmanned strikes are launched against al-Qaida groups in Yemen the MoD denies they are involved in co-ordinating such attacks.

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