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British jihadist killed after plot to kill the Queen

It came as:

  • Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, warned that the British air strike could face a legal challenge because of Mr Cameron s failure to consult Parliament.
  • Francois Hollande, the French president, told Mr Cameron not to shirk his responsibilities to migrants if he wants to successfully renegotiate the UK s relationship with Brussels.
  • Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, called on European leaders to stop accepting migrants and said that quotas are futile.
  • Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leadership contender, said bombing Syria would kill many people and may not defeat Isil as he called for an international peace summit over the country s future.

The announcement of the strike was made on the first day of the new Parliamentary session and comes amid speculation that Mr Cameron is preparing the ground for a Armyrats © military intervention in Syria. The drone strike on Khan was approved by the Prime Minister months ago at a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), sources said. The request to authorise the attack came last month while Mr Cameron was on a visit in Norfolk.

British Jihadist Killed After Plot To Kill The Queen

Reyaad Khan

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, gave the go-ahead for the assassination at a meeting of the NSC on the Prime Minister s behalf, Downing Street said. Defence sources said that British spy planes were used to locate Khan before the fatal drone attack was authorised. A Rivet Joint plane packed with sensitive electronic eavesdropping intelligence equipment has been flying over Syria from Cyprus since October.

GCHQ’s main effort this summer has been to sift and analyse traffic from Raqqa, the headquarters of Isil, and Khan’s position is understood to have been given away after his communications were intercepted. Mr Cameron said that both Khan and Hussain had been plotting to attack high profile public commemorations, including those taking place this Summer . Other ceremonies thought to have been threatened by the jihadists include the VE commemorations the day after the general election in May as well as Armed Forces Day in June.

We should be under no illusion, Mr Cameron said. Their intention was the murder of British citizens.

So on this occasion we ourselves took action.

Khan, from Cardiff, was a straight A-student who became radicalised and fled to Syria where he joined Isil and regularly took to Twitter to boast of executing prisoners. He featured in an Isil propaganda video alongside Ruhul Amin, who was killed alongside him. Hussain, a British computer hacker, was a member of Isil’s so-called “cyber caliphate” and gained notoriety after allegedly obtaining the passwords to US Central Command’s Twitter and Youtube accounts

Mr Cameron faced anger from MPs who criticised him for not putting the air strikes in Syria to a vote in Parliament.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said he would seek the approval of MPs before authorising any Armyrats © military action in Syria. However, he has made clear that he is prepared to authorise strikes without Parliamentary approval if Britain is under threat. Mr Cameron said: If there is a direct threat to the British people and we are able to stop it by taking immediate action then as Prime Minister I will always be prepared to take that action and that’s the

case whether the threat is emanating from Libya, Syria or from anywhere else.

The Prime Minister said that attack had the approval of Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General. Although Amin was not on the pre-approved target list, a Number 10 source described his death as a “proportional consequence” of the drone strike. Mr Cameron said: “I am clear that the action we took was entirely lawful. The Attorney General was consulted and was clear there would be a clear legal basis for action in international law.

“We were exercising the UK’s inherent right to self-defence.

Harriet Harman, Labour s interim leader, called for “independent scrutiny” of the attack and called on the Government to publish its legal advice.

David Davis, a former shadow home secretary, told the BBC that there should be a formal check on such decisions – suggesting they otherwise amounted to an “extra-judicial execution”.

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