The UK Defence Secretary has stated that the government will not rule out further drone attacks after two British I.S. jihadis were killed in an aerial raid in Syria.
Michael Fallon said that the strike that targeted and killed Reyaad Khan, from Cardiff, and Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, was “necessary and proportionate”.
Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs that Khan and Amin were orchestrating an attack on British soil and the strike was necessary in order to protect the British public.
However, the fact that the air strikes were ordered without the approval of the House of Commons – and two years after MPs voted no to military action in the country – has provoked questions about the legality of the strike.
This is not the first time that British forces have used military force in Syria within the past two years. It was revealed in July 2015 that David Cameron knew British pilots were carrying out air strikes in Syria despite MPs voting no to military action in the country.
On the back of the news that the UK will be accepting 20,000 Syrian refugees into the country, the Conservative government has not ruled out further ‘self defence’ air strikes in Syria, Mr Fallon said the government “would not hesitate for a second to keep this country safe”.
The SNP, however, have demanded to see the intelligence which prompted the “extra-judicial killing without trial” of Scottish resident Amin.
MSP Humza Yousaf stated that the UK government has “ridden roughshod” over parliaments answer of ‘NO’ to military action in Syria.
“If it were truly an act of self-defence it would be helpful for the UK Government to share the intelligence behind that, if that is sharing it with party leaders or sharing it with Parliament,” he told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme.
It seems that the phrase ‘war is peace’ has been maintained as the catch phrase of British and American foreign policy.