In 2013, Cameron’s government suffered a setback when it lost a vote on Syria air strikes due to opposition from the Labour party.
The report noted that there was “no evidence” to suggest United Kingdom military – including embedded personnel with the US Air Force – had used drones against anyone other than combatants.
Islamic State targets near Falluja, Ramadi and six other cities were hit in 16 air strikes in Iraq, it added.
This revelation makes “current debate over whether Britain should carry out such strikes somewhat obsolete, ” staff lawyer at Reprieve Jennifer Gibson said in a statement on Friday”.
Mr. Cameron failed to secure parliamentary approval for military intervention in Syria in 2013 after allegations surfaced that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons on civilians during the civil war. “When it was so publicly rejected by parliament, they are being perhaps a little foolish to have British pilots putting themselves in that position”, he said.
“They desperately want the West to attack them and to be seen to attack them”.
“For us to be involved in this at this stage, without the sanction of the British people through Parliament and without proper thought being given to the way in which we nearly strengthen Isis by doing this, seems very wrong”.
London: British pilots have taken part in air strikes against Daesh militants in Syria, the defence ministry said on Friday, angering some lawmakers who two years ago refused to back military action there.
Despite the clear concern from some quarters, the bombing raids by a small number of British pilots does not resemble a deliberate attempt to circumvent the will of the commons by the government, but rather the natural outcome of a long-standing defence arrangement with Britain’s closest allies.
“UK military personnel embedded with the US, French and Canadian armed forces have been authorised to deploy with their units to participate in coalition operations against ISIL”, the ministry said in a response to a freedom of information request from a human rights group, Reprieve.
Days after 30 Britons were among 38 tourists killed by a jihadist on a beach in the Tunisian resort of Sousse last month, Fallon hinted that Britain’s parliament could be asked to vote again on joining air strikes on targets in Syria. The MoD effectively confirmed this by saying that British pilots were not “currently” taking part in those operations and ministers would have been aware of them. “If so, how many, where and using whose equipment?”