Drone strikes on UK jihadis raise key questions about future conflict

Screengrab taken from a militant video posted on YouTube of Reyaad Khan, killed in an RAF drone attack in Syria. Photograph: YouTube/PA It is difficult to exaggerate the significance of the targeted killing by RAF drones of two Britons in Syria. It has serious implications , political, constitutional, legal – and for the future conduct of military operations. One key unanswered question is why David Cameron and Michael Fallon, on the advice of the security and intelligence agencies, considered Isis fighter Reyaad Khan posed such a threat to the British public that there was no alternative but to kill him. Ruhul Amin was killed in the same strike, on 21 August. A third Briton, Junaid Hussain, was killed by a US drone in a joint US-UK operation three days later.…


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