Operation Kratos was the official codename given to the UK's strategy that aimed to confront suicide bombers. It was devised immediately after the events of 9/11, with the assistance of the Israeli and Sri Lankan military forces.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a "shoot-to-kill" policy. Instead, it is a series of measures designed to engage and neutralise suicide bombers, which includes "shoot-to-kill".
The shooting of innocent Jean Charles De Menezes on July 22 2005 at Stockwell Tube Station was ordered under the auspices of Operation Kratos. The term "Operation Kratos" was dropped from all police lexicon in 2008 due the controversy surrounding the strategy, especially the death of Menezes. The tactics of the strategy remain in force.
- Jimmy Burns Met adopted secret shoot-to-kill policy in the face of a new and deadly threat Financial Times, 25 July 2005