25th Oct, 2016

Logical to bomb Syria too, Huddleston claims

Joshua Godfrey 26th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’S MP has claimed it ‘defies logic’ British jets are involved in airstrikes in Iraq but not in Syria.

Speaking to the Observer, Nigel Huddleston said he backs Government plans to join France, Russia and the United States in the bombing of Islamic State targets in Syria.

Prime Minister David Cameron today (Thursday) told MPs it’s in the UK’s “national interest” for military action as he set out his case in the House of Commons for airstrikes.

A vote on whether to authorise British jets to join the fight against IS in Syria is expected to be held by early December.

In the wake of the horrific terror attacks in Paris, France has stepped up its bombing campaign against IS and is hoping to build a stronger coalition of nations to join action in Syria, including Britain.

“If there is a vote on bombing in Syria I will be voting in favour,” Mr Huddleston said.

“We have an odd situation at the moment whereby we are bombing in Iraq, but are not bombing one inch over the border in Iraq.

“This defies logic.

“The target is the same, ISIL, and therefore we should attack them wherever they are present in the region.

However, Mr Huddleston won’t support any attempt to put boots on the ground in the fight against Islamic State, but there is no suggestion from the Government that this is an option.

“I do not, however, support boots on the ground – certainly not at this stage,” he added.

“I will also join many colleagues in asking the government what the plans are for after the bombing.

“I am also keen that as broad an international coalition as possible takes place in any and all military action against ISIL,” he added.