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?
Oh FFS. Labour need to let go of how offended they are and get on with talking about the issue at hand.
— fleetstreetfox (@fleetstreetfox) December 2, 2015
And another Labour MP demands an apology. Maybe we will need a two-day debate after all. The second day can be about Syria
— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) December 2, 2015
Cameron very clear. Does not believe those who vote against are terrorist sympathisers. Opponents need to get onto substance of case.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) December 2, 2015
Really confused by this terrorist sympathiser stuff. Some of those opposing are literally terrorist sympathisers, right?
— Tom Cheshire (@chesh) December 2, 2015
Cameron's use of 'terrorist sympathisers' was a mistake but these repeated interventions are demeaning parliament given subject under debate
— Ian Birrell (@ianbirrell) December 2, 2015
God Cameron's remark was daft but this is the Commons at it's worst. Political game-playing when a serious issue is at stake.
— Sam Freedman (@Samfr) December 2, 2015
Cameron refuses to apologise for calling those who will vote against tonight "a bunch of terrorist sympathisers" #DontBombSyria
— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) December 2, 2015
I have made many stupid mistakes in my life but voting for Emily Thornberry is the worst
— Nick Cohen (@NickCohen4) December 2, 2015
"We've only got a single day to debate air strikes. Let's waste it talking about personal insults and what name the terrorists should have"
— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) December 2, 2015
They might get round to discussing the war some time this evening…