The UK Mimics US Drone Policy With Sights On Syria
David Cameron announced the RAF carried out a drone strike against a U.K. citizen in Syria, showing a sudden, rapid shift toward targeted killings.By Steven Sparkman | September 7, 2015
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's statement to Parliament on Monday dropped a lot of new revelations about the country's fight against ISIS.
"Today, I can inform the House that in an act of self-defense and after meticulous planning, Reyaad Khan was killed in a precision airstrike carried out on the 21st of August by an RAF remotely piloted aircraft while he was traveling in a vehicle in the area of Raqqa in Syria," Cameron said.
From that statement, we learned several things we didn't know before: The U.K. has worked out a legal process of targeting individuals, including its own citizens, for assassination using drones; it's already carried out such a killing; and it's conducting military operations in Syria.