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UK Steps Up Case for Bombing ISIL in Syria After Sharm El-Sheikh Crash

© REUTERS / Peter NichollsBritain's Defense Minsiter Michael Fallon of the ruling Conservative Party makes a speech in London, April 9, 2015
Britain's Defense Minsiter Michael Fallon of the ruling Conservative Party makes a speech in London, April 9, 2015 - Sputnik International
The British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has said the justification for the UK Britain bombing ISIL targets in Syria would be much greater if it were proved that terrorists were found to have bombed the Russian Airbus 321 flight number KGL9268 that crashed in Sinai on October 31.

British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London. - Sputnik International
Cameron Paints Himself Into a Corner Over Syria
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has backed off asking lawmakers in parliament to vote on whether to join the US, France and Australia in targeting ISIL forces in Syria, although it does so in neighboring Iraq. 

In 2013, he lost a vote for military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and is wary about being defeated a second time over military airstrikes against ISIL in the country.

Cameron’s position was weakened this week when a senior group of British lawmakers counselled against taking any military action in Syria, instead proposing greater diplomatic efforts to defeat ISIL.

The report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said: "In September 2014, the House [of Commons] agreed to a motion authorizing airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq, on the basis that these would not be extended to Syria without further Parliamentary approval”.

The report concluded:

"We believe that there should be no extension of British military action into Syria unless there is a coherent international strategy that has a realistic chance of defeating ISIL and of ending the civil war in Syria. In the absence of such a strategy, taking action to meet the desire to do something is still incoherent." 

"Morally Indefensible"

However, in a clear sign of trying to win round opinion in Westminster over Syria military airstrikes, Defense Secretary Fallon said it was "more likely than not" that it was a bomb that bought down the A321 over Sinai. He told the London Daily Telegraph:

"We don’t know whether it was ISIL. If it turns out to be ISIL, of course. ISIL is a danger to us all, as we have seen in Tunisia, as we see in Syria, as we have seen in Iraq."

In a clear reference to the iniquity of bombing ISIL in Iraq, but not in Syria, he added: 

"That is morally indefensible that our streets should be protected by French, Australian and American aircraft, when we are not prepared to bite the bullet and get the Tornados dealing with these supply routes."

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