Britain should not join anti-Daesh airstrikes in Syria: UK lawmakers

An influential committee of British lawmakers says the government should not launch airstrikes against Daesh terrorists in Syria unless there is a clear strategy to defeat them.

“We believe that there should be no extension of British military action into Syria unless there is a coherent international strategy that has a realistic chance of defeating ISIL (Daesh),” the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee said in a report published on Tuesday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron intends to extend the country’s current involvement in the airstrikes carried out by the so-called anti-Daesh coalition in Iraq into Syria if it can get support from the House of Commons.

The report, however, said that Cameron’s plan to enter the Syrian conflict was “incoherent” and “a distraction”.

“There is now a miscellany of uncoordinated military engagements by an alarming range of international actors in Iraq and Syria,” said the committee chairman, Crispin Blunt, a legislator from Cameron’s ruling Conservative Party.

Blunt also stressed that the UK government should concentrate its efforts on creating coordination among these forces.

The lawmaker further urged the government to pursue a political solution to the conflict in Syria, which has killed more than 250,000 people since it began in 2011.

Since September 2014, the US and some of its allies have been pounding positions purportedly belonging to Daesh inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The campaign has so far failed to dislodge the terrorist group.

On September 30, Russia launched its airstrikes against Takfiri terrorists in Syria upon a request by Damascus hours after the upper house of the Russian parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the mandate to use the air force in the Arab country.

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