Consider Syria IS strikes, MPs urged
2 July 2015
From the section UK
MPs should consider allowing Britain to bomb Islamic State targets in Syria, the defence secretary is to say.
The RAF has been carrying out strikes in Iraq since September but Michael Fallon will say Parliament should look at the case for missions in Syria too.
Mr Fallon will say there is no legal barrier but assure MPs no action will be taken without a Commons vote.
He will mention the killings of Britons in Tunisia by a man linked to IS.
Twenty-nine of the 38 tourists killed on the beach in Sousse in Tunisia on 26 June have been confirmed as British. Student Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, was shot dead by police after carrying out the attack.
Mr Cameron said IS posed “an existential threat” to the West, and its members in Iraq and Syria were plotting “terrible attacks” on British soil.
The bodies of some of the Britons shot dead in the Tunisia beach attack have arrived back in the UK
The prime minister was defeated in the Commons just under two years ago when Tory rebels joined forces with Labour to oppose airstrikes on Syrian government targets designed to deter the use of chemical weapons.
BBC political editor Nick Robinson said ministers would not risk losing another vote on Syria unless they knew they had the support of the Labour Party.
He added that he understood there had been contact between the two parties to discuss the possibility of another vote on Syrian military action in the future though nothing was expected imminently.
On Wednesday, Mr Fallon told the BBC there was an “illogicality” of British forces …read more
Source:: BBC UK