Foreign Affairs Committee
The Extension Of British Military Operations To Syria
HC 457 - Second Report of Session 2015-16 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - Foreign Affairs Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'The Extension Of British Military Operations To Syria (HC 457)' examines the case for military intervention in Syria. For some months, the Government has indicated that it might seek to bring before the House proposals to extend into Syria participation by British aircraft in airstrikes as part of the Global Coalition to counter ISIL.
At present, the UK is participating in airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq but provides only surveillance and intelligence air support in Syria. This report is to inform the Government, and the House, of key issues that we must be addressed in considering any proposal to extend British airstrikes against ISIL into Syria.
The Committee considered the possible benefits of extending airstrikes into Syria, noting that witnesses said that the move would be welcomed by allies in the Coalition and the region as a sign of commitment to the fight against ISIL.
However, evidence suggested that there were five major areas of risk to consider:
(i) Legal basis;
(ii) Military challenges;
(iii) Political situation;
(iv) International actors; and
(v) Diplomatic capacity.
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