According to the Times newspaper, as well as a smattering of additional tabloids here in the UK, and Europe. “The role of senior British officers based at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, has been downgraded because they cannot be trusted with high-level intelligence about a conflict with which they are no longer involved in, military sources say. About 30 British personnel have been working alongside the Americans and French at the Headquarters, fine-tuning a list of targets and orchestrating military assets as part of war planning underway for weeks”.No British Officers are now engaged in military planning for Syria at Central Command and none of them will be involved in the execution of the operation.” ” The military takes great pride in high-level transatlantic co-operation, and British Commanders are usually given greater access to US operational details, and intelligence than any other member of NATO”. “Britain is now non-reliable as far as this operation is concerned”, according to one former officer – A move that will be a severe blow to the pride of the British Armed Forces. Britain’s role has been taken by the French, who were praised as America’s “oldest ally” by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, on Friday 30th August 2013.
‘Standard Operational Procedure,’ no big deal, and understandable under the circumstances. Telle est la vie… However; A British Officers word is his bond, he is honour bound to keep it, which will always remain so. Extraordinary story of British WWI Captain released by Kaiser from German prison camp so he could see his dying mother in Kent – on condition that he returned to his cell… and he DID Yours Aye.