8 Sep 2015

Two Britons killed in drone strike in Syria

10:26 am on 8 September 2015

Two British Islamic State jihadists who died in Syria were killed by an RAF drone strike, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

The strike was carried out despite the British government not having a parliamentary mandate to take military action in Syria.

Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan, 21, and Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, died last month in Raqqa, alongside another fighter, in the first targeted UK drone attack on a British citizen, Mr Cameron told MPs.

Reyaad Khan - the target - had been plotting "barbaric" attacks on UK soil, he said

Mr Cameron said the strike was an act of self defence, and lawful, despite MPs previously ruling out UK military action in Syria.