RAF secretly killing British jihadi's plotting UK terror attacks in Syria and Iraq
The Ministry of Defence admitted to using RAF drones and fighter jets to work through a “kill list” of key targets.
In a statement, the MoD said: “We and our coalition partners have been clear that if you are fighting for Daesh (Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria, then you will be targeted, irrespective of nationality.
“The UK is committed to the defeat of Daesh and publishes regular updates on air strikes conducted by the RAF.”
Since David Cameron – in September 2015 – revealed the UK had used military force in Syria without MP approval, no further deaths have been announced on the basis that the Government later won parliamentary backing for its Syrian operations.
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According to reports, RAF pilots have also received orders to take out high-profile targets from other nations as well as Britons. Once jihadi’s are targeted, RAF jets and drones attack them with laser-guided missiles and 500lb bombs.
A Government lawyer must make sure every operation is legal and conforms to the rules of engagement, although Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon previously said Britain “would not hesitate” to carry out more strikes against jihadi’s plotting “armed attacks on our streets”.
May, Fallon have been in talks with other ministers discussing self-defence tactics
A senior defence source told the Mail: “When we know where they are we kill them. Our priority is those plotting against the UK.
“We have found evidence of this. We are also helping the French who don’t have our capabilities.”
Reports confirm the Prime Minister, Theresa May and other senior ministers and advisers have been consulting to make decisions based on the use of force in self-defence.
A Government memorandum submitted to the parliamentary joint committee on human rights said it has been a “long-held” position that such force – killing jihadi militants – can be used in self defence.
It adds: “Where the UK determines that it faces an imminent armed attack from ISIS, it is entitled to use necessary and proportionate force to repel or forestall that attack in exercise of the inherent right of individual self-defence”.
Major General Rupert Jones, Britain’s top commander in the region told the Mail, intelligence obtaining from ISIS’s “external operations hubs” show chilling plans by militants to kill and main civilians in the West.