As many as 202 Paras fell in Jordan during a demonstration of land, sea and air force against ISIS and Russian troops.
British forces included crack “Pathfinders” who secretly led the way by disembarking days earlier.
The operation was 90 km from the civil war in Syria and 19 km from Zarqa, the birthplace of ISIS founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The operation, alongside 30 Jordanian special forces, involved the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, its F35B fighter jets and British Typhoons.
A Daily Mirror team saw waves of heavily armed 2Para soldiers melt into the Jordanian desert just 800 feet away.
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They dropped C-130 troop carriers and stormed a “village”, with typhoons from Cyprus “bombing” on “the enemy”.
One Para said: “This is why we train so hard and it was as close as possible to reality. “
Enemy forces were played out by British troops as the air was filled with explosions and machine gun fire.
Crack troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade, Britain’s high-readiness “global response” force, joined the team.
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Military dignitaries around the world watched the dawn attack with admiration.
After parachuting, the commander of the 16th Air Assault Brigade, Brigadier James Martin, was questioned by the Mirror whether the main enemies were ISIS and Russia.
He replied: “Anyone who wants to destabilize or undermine the rules-based system is a potential adversary. “
Across the Syrian border, the civil war includes dozens of terrorist networks, with ISIS being the main aggressor.
In the city of Zarqa, there are still many supporters of al-Qaida al-Zarqawi who was killed by US forces in 2006.
Russian and Iranian troops are also exerting pressure there against Western interests, through proxy armed groups or terrorist units.
Brigadier Martin was also asked about the rapid use of paratroopers to enter a target area.
He said: “What better way is there to demonstrate your intention quickly, so that your opponents understand how committed you are and your allies too? “
The officer also spoke of a war “under the threshold”, hostile acts by Russia, China and Iran falling just below the red lines of the West to go to war.
He added, “In this world of conflict and competition, what they call the sub-threshold, the gray space, skydiving is an engagement vote, as a way to quickly bring troops through the sky. world. “
Russian defense attaché Denis Khittry was impressed by the British exercise, 65 years after the Suez crisis.
Elite Pathfinders had previously fallen from 12,000 feet in the landing zone.
Captain “Jim”, 25, was allowed to talk about his job and how he can be sent anywhere in the world after a few hours of notice.
He said: “We are deploying ahead of the main force and preparing the landing area.
“Sometimes we are the only eyes and ears that we have on the ground. “