The Island of Guam, which is a US territory, is in missile range of North Korea. At a press conference today the island’s governor has said there’s no imminent threat to the island. Nevertheless Guam Homeland Security has issued a new fact sheet, which the agency says will help residents prepare for an imminent missile threat. Enjoy the weekend…
The Gibraltar flag flies proudly on Parliament Square this morning, ahead of the King of Spain’s visit later today. He’ll be driven right under it…
Owen Jones, asked by Dan Hodges if Britain should take out terrorists in Iraq replies: “Yes“.
Always said Owen liked to drone on…
The alt-reality alt-right are off the Trump train – you could say they’ve been triggered. It is the Donald who changed his mind:
Number 10, the LibDems and Labour moderates support Trump, Corbynistas and UKIP are condemning him…
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 7, 2017
The US has launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base used during this week’s gas attack. President Trump said in a statement:
“It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.”
Number 10 said:
“The UK Government fully supports the US action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airbase was “almost completely destroyed”. At least four Syrian soldiers were killed in the strike. At last the west stands up to Assad…
Michael Howard makes the direct comparison between a small group of Brits threatened by a Spanish speaking country and another woman PM. War!
Blairite MP Ann Clwyd asks why there are no protests outside the Russian embassy in London. Boris agrees:
“I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy. Where is the Stop the War Coalition?”
It might look something like this:
This time presumably Stop the War will be busy washing their hair…
What on earth is going on with Crispin Blunt? The Foreign Affairs select committee chairman lost the plot last week, demanding private investigators find out who exposed his determination to water down criticism of the Saudis. The ‘super-committee’ on Saudi arms then descended into farce and released competing reports, with notoriously Arabist Blunt’s report arguing we should go much softer. Very odd behaviour.
This morning the Foreign Affairs committee’s report on Libya is now being called into question. Guardian journalist Patrick Kingsley has debunked one of the report’s most important and bizarre claims – that Gaddafi wasn’t a major threat to civilians in Benghazi. The committee cited a report from Amnesty International, however it appears no such Amnesty report exists. Confusing. Embarrassing for Blunt and the Foreign Affairs committee – that’s two very public humiliations in the space of 24 hours…
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry didn’t hold back in her damning indictment of David Cameron’s “legacy of shame” in Libya. Thornberry says Cameron “repeated all the major mistakes” of Iraq, blasts that “the warnings of experts in the region were ignored” and claims there was a “hidden goal of regime change for which there was no legal basis”. She concludes that intervention in Libya was “deeply reckless and complacent”. Pub quiz question: can you name the top Corbynista who on 21 March 2011, when the Commons voted on military action in Libya, backed war? One Emily Thornberry…
Question: “Are you prepared to authorise a nuclear strike that could kill hundreds of thousands of men, women and children?”
Theresa May: “Yes.”
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Emily Thornberry began this Talk Radio interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer by saying we should talk to the Argies about the Falklands, and it did not get much better from there. Asked if she wanted to respond to the views of Falklands veteran Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, the Shadow Defence Secretary replied: “No, not really”. McBride still has work to do…
Following the vote in the House of Commons last night, Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft flew their first offensive operation against Daesh terrorist targets inside Syria.
The mainstay of Daesh’s financial income is derived from exploitation of a number of oilfields that they hold. These are overwhelmingly located in Daesh’s heartlands in eastern Syria. Several of these oilfields have already been effectively targeted by other coalition partners; RAF aircraft and precision weaponry are well suited to attacking, with low collateral risk, this type of target.
Overnight, RAF Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker and a Reaper, and operating in conjunction with other coalition aircraft, employed Paveway IV guided bombs to conduct strikes against six targets within the extensive oilfield at Omar, 35 miles inside Syria’s eastern border with Iraq. The Omar oilfield is one of the largest and most important to Daesh’s financial operations, and represents over 10% of their potential income from oil. Carefully selected elements of the oilfield infrastructure were targeted, ensuring the strikes will have a significant impact on Daesh’s ability to extract the oil to fund their terrorism.
Coalition air operations have already degraded Daesh’s front-line military capabilities and have assisted the Iraqi ground forces in liberating some 30% of the territory that the terrorists initially seized in that country during the summer of 2014. By extending RAF offensive operations into Syria, our aircraft are now able to help dismantle the means by which Daesh plan, direct and sustain their campaign of terror.
Before our aircrew conducted their attacks, as is normal they used the aircraft’s advanced sensors to confirm that no civilians were in the proximity of the targets, who might be placed at risk. Our initial analysis of the operation indicates that the strikes were successful.
Labour MPs who have yet to make up their minds on tonight’s vote have been inundated with graphic images of dead Syrian children sent by anti-war protesters. The bloody photos are too distressing to publish in full, and include images of babies and toddlers killed in Syria in an attempt to convince MPs to vote against war. This was sent to Labour MP Melanie Onn:
This was sent to Stella Creasy:
The intimidation against pro-intervention Labour MPs continues…
The Commons is currently debating whether or not the Labour leadership are “terrorist sympathisers”. Doesn’t this just remind everyone that Corbyn and McDonnell actually are terrorist sympathisers?
They might get round to discussing the war some time this evening…
The police formed a line to protect Labour HQ from Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Burgon’s Stop the War protesters this evening.
Unfortunately, most of them seemed completely oblivious to which building is One Brewer’s Green…
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ISIL IN SYRIA (UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION
The Prime Minister
The Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Theresa May
Secretary Philip Hammond
Secretary Michael Fallon
Secretary Justine Greening
That this House notes that ISIL poses a direct threat to the United Kingdom; welcomes United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249 which determines that ISIL constitutes an ‘unprecedented threat to international peace and security’ and calls on states to take ‘all necessary measures’ to prevent terrorist acts by ISIL and to ‘eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria’; further notes the clear legal basis to defend the UK and our allies in accordance with the UN Charter; notes that military action against ISIL is only one component of a broader strategy to bring peace and stability to Syria; welcomes the renewed impetus behind the Vienna talks on a ceasefire and political settlement; welcomes the Government’s continuing commitment to providing humanitarian support to Syrian refugees; underlines the importance of planning for post-conflict stabilisation and reconstruction in Syria; welcomes the Government’s continued determination to cut ISIL’s sources of finance, fighters and weapons; notes the requests from France, the US and regional allies for UK military assistance; acknowledges the importance of seeking to avoid civilian casualties, using the UK’s particular capabilities; notes the Government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations; welcomes the Government’s commitment to provide quarterly progress reports to the House; and accordingly supports Her Majesty’s Government In taking military action, specifically airstrikes, exclusively against ISIL in Syria; and offers its wholehearted support to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.