UK Prime Minister David Cameron informed parliament Monday that a precision air strike carried out by a RAF remotely piloted aircraft on Aug. 21 killed the British-born ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan, while he was traveling in a vehicle in the area of Raqqa, ISIS headquarters in Syria. “In addition, two ISIS associates were killed,” he said. “Ruhul Amin has also been identified as a UK national. Another Briton plotting terror attacks, Junaid Hussain, was killed in a US air strike three days later. Members reacted angrily to the news with a reminder that the House had voted against British air action in Syria in Aug. 2013.
Cameron reported that the operation was defensive and necessary to foil attacks the three men were plotting, including “high profile commemorations” in Britain” over the summer" such as the VJ anniversary celebrations attended by the Queen. The Prime Minister said that British security services had foiled six Isil plots to attack the UK in the last 12 months.