Fury after Cameron admits he knew British RAF pilots were carrying out ISIS airstrikes ‘by stealth’ in Syria as minister says they’ll carry on without approval of MPs
‘British pilots will continue to fly US fighter jets to bomb Islamic State targets in Syria without the approval of Parliament, the Defence Secretary said last night.
Ministers were accused of deceiving the public yesterday after it emerged that at least three Royal Navy pilots have been killing IS fighters in the war-torn country even though MPs have voted against military action there.
Michael Fallon said he had always known ‘a handful’ of UK military personnel were involved in air strikes against jihadists in Syria, but this was acceptable because they were embedded with the US military.
Speaking at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, the Defence Secretary added: ‘This is quite standard practice. Isil has to be defeated. We don’t have, at the moment, parliamentary authority to carry out military strikes in Syria, but the Americans do… and they have been doing that to keep all of us safe.’’