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06 November, 2015

Britain’s ‘kill list’: MPs question legality of UK drone strikes

MPs have questioned the legality of the government’s targeted killing of three British jihadists in Syria during the summer and asked whether ministers have drawn up a “kill list” for future attacks.

Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights wrote to Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to ask whether the killing of Reyaad Khan, Ruhul Amin and Junaid Hussain this summer by UK and US drones was a violation of international law.

MPs requested a “clear statement” explaining the government’s targeted killing policy and its legal framework.

Committee chair Harriet Harman MP also wrote to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) asking to visit RAF Waddington, the base from which drone strikes are launched and controlled. Prime Minister David Cameron authorized the targeted killing of three British jihadists by an RAF drone strike in August.

The Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants killed in the attack are believed to be Ruhul Amin, 26, from Aberdeen, and Reyaad Khan, 21, from Cardiff. No civilians were reported to have been killed in the airstrike.

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