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UK under pressure to reveal role in drone attacks
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Sat May 26, 2012 5:45AM
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The British government is expected to be forced to reveal its role in passing over intelligence to the US which is then used for deadly drone attacks.


A High Court case over assassination drone strike, which may be heard as early as July, threatens to expose UK ministers to allegations of war crimes, the Times reported.

Noor Khan, the son of Malik Daud Khan, who died in the CIA-operated assassination drone attack in Waziristan region of Pakistan on March 17, 2011, is seeking to take legal action against the UK government due to its complicity in the strikes, accusing it of intelligence exchanges with the US.

“I want to achieve justice. I would like those to be on trial who were responsible for the killing of my father.” Khan said, speaking via his lawyer in Islamabad.

"I want the British government to say the truth. You have been to this area, you know this area, you know more than the Americans about the culture and the structure of society. Do not follow the US blindly into this unjust war."

Washington claims that its air strikes target militants crossing the Afghanistan border, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned strikes.

Meanwhile, Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, said he would be “astonished” if British agents were not giving their US counterparts information for deadly drone attacks.

“I believe it to be true that our intelligence information in certain cases has pinpointed targets for attacks and those attacks do amount to extra-judicial killing,” Clarke added.

Furthermore, Clive Stafford-Smith, director of legal charity Reprieve, which is backing Khan’s application, said Britain “should be worried because there is no question that they are complicit in war crimes”.

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