Raf Akrotiri

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20151227

Tony Livesey reports from RAF Akrotiri as he speaks to pilots, surveillance crews, ground technicians and the base's senior commanders about their part in air-strikes against the so-called Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

He looks at how Akrotiri's firepower has been bolstered since the Commons vote in favour of Syrian strikes, the crucial role of the Brimstone air-to-ground missiles, and the planning and preparation that goes into every sortie. Tony also hears from Cypriots about their attitudes to the escalating military campaign on their doorstep.