David Cameron said that Isis must be “crushed” in Syria as well as Iraq as he reopened the question of whether the UK should launch air strikes against the terrorist group in Syria following the killings of tourists in Tunisia.
Mr Cameron’s hint was seen at Westminster as an attempt to flush out Labour’s position. In the last parliament, Labour twice blocked UK military action in Syria. Ed Miliband inflicted a humiliating Commons defeat on Mr Cameron in 2013, when the Prime Minister proposed air strikes against the Assad regime after it was accused of using chemical weapons against its own people. A year later the Prime Minister won the backing of MPs for RAF bombing raids against Isis in Iraq. Although he wanted to extend the action to Syria, he did not propose it because Labour and the Liberal Democrats opposed the idea and raised legal doubts.
Now the domestic political landscape has changed. The Conservatives enjoy an overall majority, Mr Miliband has departed, Labour is in the middle of a leadership election and the Lib Dems have been reduced to a rump of eight MPs.
Following attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued alerts to local law enforcement and urged Americans to “remain vigilant” for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.
Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on the Attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia
DHS Press Office
Today’s terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait are a reminder of the evolving global terrorist threats. We stand in support of the people of those countries and mourn the loss of those killed.
Particularly with the upcoming July 4th holiday, here in the United States the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see. We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared. We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people.
We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season, but always remain vigilant. “If You See Something Say Something™” is more than a slogan.
In our great country, acts of mass violence will never divert, discourage or frighten us. Today President Obama eulogizes the Reverend Clementa Pickney in Charleston. The alleged killer sought to divide us. Instead, his actions appear to have had the opposite effect in South Carolina, where people of different races have come together to denounce the tragedy and mourn those killed.