There are unconfirmed rumours that a ‘significant’ number of smart-bombs are threatening to withhold their explosive capabilities in protest against the ever-changing pattern of alliance, counter-alliance, and counter-counter-alliance that has left Syria a veritable – and actual – minefield of political factions.
Lance, a 250lb GBU-39 SDB, takes up the story. ‘It’s just so bloody frustrating and unprofessional. You spend hours boning up on a Alawite stronghold, then in-flight it changes to an Al-Assad loyalist column. By the time you are actually over the target it’s probably Al Murray and the sodding Dagenham Girl Pipers.