David Cameron has said that parliament will be recalled on Friday to discuss the UK’s possible involvement in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq.
The prime minister said that the UK “should not turn away from what needs to be done” and should come to the aid of the Iraqi government that has requested help in combating IS from the international community. He confirmed on Twitter:
“I have requested that Parliament be recalled to debate the UK response to the Iraqi Govt’s request for support against Isil. The Speaker has accepted my request to recall Parliament on Friday.”
Cameron has been careful to confirm that he had the support of both Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband for the strikes before he recalled parliament following his humiliating defeat over air strikes in Syria last year.
On this occasion, Cameron has been clear that any UK involvement in military action would only be at the request of the Iraqi government and UK forces would not target IS locations within neighbouring Syria where the US and allies have recently begun operations.
Meanwhile, a Brighton-based mother has said that she believes that her son was one of those killed in the ongoing US air strikes in Syria, but there has been no official confirmation of her comments.
IS has taken large swathes of land in Syria and Iraq in recent months, and published a series of brutal videos threatening the West not to intervene and beheading innocent journalists and aid workers. The most recent threat is against British aid volunteer Alan Henning, who was kidnapped in 2012 delivering aid to Syrians most in need.