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FACTSHEET | March 10, 2016


"The UK's ultimate goal is to defeat Daesh so that it no longer presents a threat to the UK or international stability. The UK will continue to work with its allies to support those countries where Daesh is a threat and help prevent its spread."

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister

Daesh poses a clear national threat to the UK, and is a global threat to their international partners and the region. They are working closely with allies to drive back, dismantle and ultimately destroy Daesh and what it stands for. The UK government is taking a wide range of actions to counter Daesh.

The UK's military contributions to Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, the multinational coalition dedicated to militarily defeating Daesh in Iraq and Syria, is known as Operation Shader and includes:

  • Kinetic  airstrikes in  Iraq and Syria
  • Providing niche and highly advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in Iraq and Syria.
  • British aircraft are also providing air to air refuelling and air transport support to the coalition
  • Trainers participating in the Building Partner Capacity mission

For more information on UK’s contribution to the Global Coalition:

For more information on Operation Shader:

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