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Cameron to seek vote on Syria raids

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (4th R), British Prime Minister David Cameron (4th L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (File)

British Prime Minister David Cameron will seek another vote at House of Commons to extend the Middle Eastern terror operations to targets inside Syria…reports Asian Lite News


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (4th R), British Prime Minister David Cameron (4th L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (File)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (4th R), British Prime Minister David Cameron (4th L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (File)

The prime minister told MPs he would soon set out a “comprehensive strategy” for dealing with the ISIS.

“We must ask ourselves if we really are doing all we can be doing, all we should be doing, to deal with the threat of ISIL and the threat is poses to us directly,” he said at the Parliament.

The RAF is currently engaged in a bombing campaign against ISIL in Iraq. However the government has yet to secure parliamentary approval to expand the strikes in Syria alongside the United States and France.

Cameron faces opposition from opposition MPs as well as several of his own backbenchers to any move to increase the UK’s military action.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has argued against expanding Britain’s military action. And he told Cameron today any military action would need “consent” from the international community in the form of legal backing from the United Nations.

The prime minister has earlier revealed details of his intended response to the threat of international terrorism.

Cameron told his audience at the annual Guildhall Speech, which welcomes the new Lord Mayor of London, that the attackers in Paris were “callous murderers”, saying that Britain would “redouble its resolve to defeat” terrorism.

Cameron outlined three areas of response, “When you are dealing with radicalized European Muslims, linked to IS in Syria and inspired by a poisonous narrative of extremism, you need an approach that covers the full spectrum — military power, counter- terrorism expertise and defeating the poisonous narrative that is the root cause of this evil.”

He said that a strong security response was needed, and that Britain was ready to use “military force where necessary”.

A total of seven terrorist plots had been foiled in Britain in the past year, said Cameron, and the security agencies needed more resources.

He said that next week’s reshaping of the military budget, to be unveiled in a Strategic Defence and Security Review, would include extra money for 1,900 additional security and intelligence staff and more money to increase a network of counter-terrorism experts in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Cameron also targeted the ideology of the terrorist attackers, which he branded as the “poisonous ideology of extremism itself… a belief system that glorifies violence and subjugates its people — not least Muslim people.”

He said that there needed to be improvements in integration in British society, by moving “away from segregation in our schools and communities and inspecting and shutting down any educational institutions that are teaching intolerance,” and to encourage reforming and moderate Muslim voices to speak up and challenge extremists.


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