Tackling terror on its home ground

David Cameron addresses a joint news conference with Austria's Chancellor Werner Faymann (not pictured) after a meeting in the chancellery in Vienna, Austria, on Nov 26, 2015.
David Cameron addresses a joint news conference with Austria's Chancellor Werner Faymann (not pictured) after a meeting in the chancellery in Vienna, Austria, on Nov 26, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

PM David Cameron's response to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's second report of Session 2015-16: The Extension Of Offensive British Military Operations To Syria

FIGHT IN SYRIA

"We need a comprehensive response which seeks to deal with the threat that ISIL (ISIS) poses to us directly, not just through the measures we are taking at home, but by dealing with ISIL on the ground in the territory that it controls... We must tackle ISIL in Syria... in order to deal with the threat that ISIL poses to the region and to our security here at home... It is wrong for the United Kingdom to sub-contract its security to other countries."

UK ALREADY A TARGET

"There will be those who say that the UK might become more of a target by taking a greater role in the international effort to counter ISIL. The reality is that the threat posed by ISIL to the UK is already very high... As part of the international coalition, we are already carrying out air strikes against ISIL in Iraq, and providing refuelling, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to coalition strikes in Syria."

RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENCE

"The legality of UK strikes against ISIL in Syria is founded on the right of self-defence as it is recognised in Article 51 of the UN Charter. The right to self-defence may be exercised individually where it is necessary to the UK's own defence, and collectively in the defence of our friends and allies."

MILITARY EDGE

"The UK has advanced military capabilities that bring a qualitative edge above those deployed by most other coalition partners... Currently, therefore, it is illogical that our aircraft are deployed to carry out the important task of finding and tracking high-value targets but cannot complete the task of launching the strikes against them."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2015, with the headline 'Tackling terror on its home ground'. Print Edition | Subscribe