Britain is ready to launch more drone strikes in Syria to thwart potential terrorism plots, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon vowed Tuesday, adding fuel to the debate over the extent of British operations in the Middle East.
“We wouldn’t hesitate to do it again if we know that there is an armed attack that is likely”, Fallon told the BBC.
The list is thought to include Jihadi John – real name Mohammed Emwazi – as well as Khan and Ruhul Amin, who was also killed in the attack.
Mr Fallon said: “It’s extremely risky because these are attacks that have been and are being planned against major public events on our streets”. “And this one was”.
The prime minister said the targeting of Khan in Raqqah was justified on the grounds of “self-defence”, as he and Hussain were actively involved in recruiting jihadists and orchestrating a number of plots.
“The United Kingdom government has not released a legal justification for the killing of two British nationals in Syria“, said spokesman Ibrahim Mohamoud.
The legality of the deadly action was questioned by opposition MPs and rights campaigners, but British tabloid newspapers generally cheered the strike.
But he reiterated his promise to seek parliamentary approval before committing British forces to join coalition air strikes in Syria.
She called for independent scrutiny of the attack, asking: “Why didn’t the attorney general authorise this specific action rather than merely “confirming there was a legal basis for it”?”
Addressing parliament as lawmakers returned after the summer recess, Cameron said children would be prioritized from camps in countries neighboring Syria, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
Posing with Kalashnikovs, Khan and Amin appeared in an Isis recruitment video in 2014 after travelling to Syria.
Mr Corbyn said: “I am now writing to offer the Prime Minister the opportunity to explain his inadequate response to my request for an urgent summit involving the United Nations, EU, and the U.S. on Syria and the refugee crisis“.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron speaking before Parliament on September 7 revealed that in addition to alleged ISIL hacker, recruiter, and propagandist Junaid Hussain, two other Britons have been killed by drone strikes in the past three weeks.
Mr Cameron’s revelations came hours as French counterpart President Francoise Hollande announced his country would begin reconnaissance flights over the embattled Syria with a view to launching air strikes on ISIS.