NEWS: France appeals for British military support in Syria

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An RAF Reaper Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) (

As British politicians continue to wrestle over the issue of the RAF joining in air strikes against ISIS in Syria the French government has again expressed its hope that the UK will soon be working alongside their French counterparts in taking the fight to the heart of ISIS.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian wrote in the Guardian newspaper that UK military capabilities would “put additional and extreme pressure on the ISIS terror network”.

He then went on to explain that ISIS had struck at the very heart of France in it’s November 13th attack on Paris. He also recognised that Britain has firm military capabilities that could be utilised to combat ISIS and that Britain was already using these capabilities in neighbouring Iraq.

The RAF has significant capabilities for precision airstrikes, aerial reconnaissance and air-to-air refuelling support. On a daily basis, its Tornado aircraft and unmanned drones are causing very severe damage to ISIS in Iraq. The use of these capabilities over Syria would put additional and extreme pressure on the ISIS terror network.

However, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party this week reaffirmed their opposition to strikes. The Scottish National Party also continues to oppose strikes and with their combined no-votes the ruling Conservative Party may not be able to garner enough votes to carry out strikes as Prime Minister David Cameron would like. For the Prime Minister the French Defence Minister’s words are especially embarrassing since the RAF once again had to turn to France to help locate a Russian submarine operating off Scottish waters earlier this month because of the lack of British maritime patrol aircraft following his previous coalition government’s decision to scrap Nimrod.



4 responses to “NEWS: France appeals for British military support in Syria

  1. A point well made. It is a source of shame for me that we cannot help the French in response to a direct request for aid. As FDR said in 1940, “If you see your neighbour’s house on fire, you don’t hesitate to argue about the fine print, you just lend him your hosepipe.” And if the SNP and the Labour Party are so many votes, then how come David Cameron is Prime Minister?

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  2. No – it’s because the Tories do have an overall majority but can’t rely on all their MPs to vote in favour on this issue, and a close scrape will not be enough to justify action. They got themselves into this with the 2013 vote and are now stuck.


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