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Cameron: UN backing for Syria operation not vital

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
British Prime minister David Cameron signs a book of condolences at the French Ambassador

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the backing of the UN Security Council would be preferable for any British military action against ISIL in Syria but is not vital.

"Of course it is always preferable in these circumstances to have the full backing of the United Nations Security Council but I have to say what matters most of all is that any action we would take would both be legal and would help protect our country," Cameron told parliament.

The statements are made as the UK is involved in airstrikes against ISIL militants in Iraq. Cameron had said earlier he would present a plan to parliament including extending air strikes to Syria.

"It cannot be said often enough that these butchers of ISIL are no reflection of the true religion of Islam, which is a religion of peace. But at the same time, we do have to recognise that whether these terrorists are in Tunisia or in Egypt or in Paris or in London, they spout the same bile that they claim comes from the religion of Islam. That is why we have to take apart what they say and prove that's not the case," Cameron replied.

The British Prime Minister told members of parliament on Tuesday  that he intends to make a case for military intervention against ISIL in Syria, following events in Paris, when a group of armed men and suicide bombers opened fire, killing more than 129 people.


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