IS Fighter Raised In Scotland Killed In Air Strike

The UK Government must not use the Syrian refugee crisis as a justification for further air strikes following the confirmation that an RAF drone killed two British nationals, the SNP has said.

Prime Minister David Cameron today confirmed that Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, died in an RAF drone strike in Syria ordered to kill another British national, Reyaad Khan, from Cardiff, on August 21.

Mr Cameron also confirmed that Britain will resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees, with a consequent increase in the proportion expected to be settled in Scotland.

SNP defence spokesman Brendan O'Hara has urged the Prime Minister not to use the refugee crisis as a "smokescreen'' for bombing Syria.

He said the the involvement of British service personnel in bombing Syria without the approval of Parliament "clearly flouts the democratic decision taken by the House of Commons'' against military action in Syria.

"David Cameron has got to come clean about his plans following these developments,'' he said.

"I have long been concerned about what exactly his plans are to increase military activity, and now we are getting an insight into what may be going on.

"I fear that David Cameron is planning to use this awful humanitarian tragedy as a smokescreen in order to fulfil his long-held desire to involve UK forces in more military action in Syria.

"The case for bombing in Syria has simply not been made, and any involvement of British service personnel in bombing without the approval of Parliament clearly flouts the democratic decision taken by the House of Commons.''

Amin, 26, featured in a 13-minute IS recruitment video under the name "Brother Abu Bara al Hindi''.

Wearing sunglasses and a white headscarf, he could be heard saying: "Are you willing to sacrifice the fat job you've got, the big car, the family you have?

"Are you willing to sacrifice this, for the sake of Allah? If you do, Allah will give you back 700 times more.''

Also known as Abdul Raqib Amin, he was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Aberdeen before reportedly moving with his family to Leicester.

In July last year he boasted on ITV's Good Morning Britain that he had been "involved in a few combats'' in Syria.

Explaining the moment he left Britain, he said: "I left the house with the intention of not to go back. I'm going to stay and fight until the (caliphate) is established, or I die.''

A leading member of Aberdeen's Muslim community, who did not want to be identified, said Amin was not someone who "stood out in any particular way''.

 

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