U.K. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the government is ready to order another drone strike on Islamic State militants if they were found to be planning attacks against Britain.
“We wouldn’t hesitate to do it again if we know there’s an armed attack likely,” Fallon told BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Tuesday. “If there is no other way of preventing an armed attack that’s likely to take place on our streets other than using a military strike, then that’s what we will do.”
Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament on Monday the Royal Air Force had carried out a drone attack in Syria to kill an Islamic State fighter of British nationality who was planning attacks on the U.K. Cameron said he had not sought lawmakers’ approval as the strike was ordered in “self-defense.”
Reyaad Khan, from Cardiff, South Wales, was killed on Aug. 21 by a drone while traveling near Raqqah, Syria. Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, Scotland, died in the same attack. Fallon said there were a number of terrorists in Raqqah who were planning attacks on Britain, though he declined to go into details on whether the government had identified a list of targets.
“It has to be absolutely necessary, it has to be proportionate, it has to avoid civilian casualties, it has to be planned meticulously,” Fallon said. “And this one was.”