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"UK would not hesitate to conduct more drone strikes in Syria"

Iran Press TV

Sep 8, 2015 11:48AM

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says London would not hesitate to carry out more secret drone attacks on British militants in Syria.

His statements come one day after UK Prime Minister David Cameron revealed that British forces have killed three Daesh terrorists, including two young Britons, in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah in a drone airstrike.

Addressing the parliament, Cameron further elaborated that the main target of the drone attack was 21-year-old Reyaad Khan from the city of Cardiff, but the August 21 airstrike also killed two other Daesh terrorists, including another British citizen identified as 26-year-old Ruhul Amin.

Fallon described the attack as “perfectly legal act of self defence” saying the men were terrorists who'd been planning a series of attacks.

“We don’t have general permission [from parliament] to carry out military operations in Syria, but at the time of the debate last year the prime minister made it extremely clear that where there was a vital national interest at stake we wouldn’t hesitate to take action rather than seek prior permission … and then come and explain to parliament afterwards, and that’s exactly what happened yesterday,” Fallon said.

The strike was carried out without the parliament’s approval. Critics dismissed the unauthorized strike as unprecedented and deeply worrying. Amnesty International criticized the move, saying the UK has been conducting summary executions from the air.

Cameron, however, defended the attack, telling it was necessary. He added that the raid was approved by Attorney General Jeremy Wright.

Back in 2013, Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat in parliament when he failed to gain the approval of MPs for possible military action against Syria.

Saeb Shaat and expert on the Middle East issues says the UK is seeking to target only those it perceive as a threat to its own interest in the region rather than helping Syrian people.

He went on further saying to Press TV that the UK itself if part of the problem now unfolding in Syria.

Now the father of two young men believed to be fighting alongside Daesh terrorists in Syria says he is worried that his sons could be on a British government hit list. Nasser Muthana, 21 is believed to have joined Isis with his 18-year-old brother, Aseel.



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