France says UK air force needed in Syria to raise pressure on ISIS
British air force capabilities would make a difference in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria, with precision strikes especially increasing pressure on the group, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a column on Thursday.
The opinion piece in Britain’s Guardian newspaper was published after Prime Minister David Cameron urged parliament on Thursday to back British air strikes against Islamic State in Syria. Cameron told lawmakers Britain could not “subcontract its security to other countries.”
“We need British defense capabilities to win this war. The Royal Air Force is already in action over Iraq. Its involvement over Syria would make a practical difference,” Le Drian wrote in the column, published on the Guardian website.
“The RAF has significant capabilities for precision air strikes, aerial reconnaissance and air-to-air refueling support. On a daily basis, its Tornado aircraft and unmanned drones are causing very severe damage to ISIS in Iraq. The use of these capabilities over Syria would put additional and extreme pressure on the ISIS terror network.”