British military attacks in Syria "may well become possible," says David Cameron

UK Prime Minister says he would push ahead with plans for a vote in the British parliament to approve military action against ISIL militants
British military attacks in Syria
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By Reuters
Sun 04 Oct 2015 11:07 AM

British Prime Minister David Cameron signalled that he would push ahead with plans for a vote in the British parliament to approve military action against ISIL militants in Syria, The Daily Telegraph newspaper said.

Cameron was quoted as saying that British military attacks in Syria "may well become possible." Previously, Cameron has said he sees a strong case for extending British air strikes to Syria from Iraq.

Cameron lost a parliamentary vote on the use of force in Syria in 2013. Consequently, British bombing so far has only targeted ISIL in neighbouring Iraq.

The newspaper said Cameron does not believe Russian military involvement in the Syrian civil war should prevent Britain's attempt to strike at ISIL.

"What I am clear about is one of the biggest threats we have to respond to is that terrorist threat," he was quoted as saying by the newspaper on the eve of the annual conference of his ruling Conservative Party in the northern English city of Manchester.

In a move that is likely to please many in his party, he said he would "beef up" Britain's elite Special Air Service regiment (SAS) and buy 20 new drones - known as Protectors - as part of the battle with ISIL militants, the newspaper said.

After revealing last month that Britain had killed two of its own nationals who had been fighting for ISIL in Syria, Cameron indicated that British militants in Syria will be targeted by drones as a "last resort", the newspaper said.

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