Britain’s heavily armed Reaper drones could soon be sent to spy on Isil militants in Iraq according to plans being drawn up by the RAF.

Defence planners are considering sending the remotely-piloted aircraft to the Middle East once they have finished watching over the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan.

If the plan is given the go-ahead, the aircraft could be in place around the end of the year, joining American drones already flying over Isil territory. […]