Following the deadly massacre of innocent tourists at a beachfront hotel in Tunisia, British Prime Minister David Cameron is giving special forces “carte blanche” to launch raids deep into ISIS territory.
Cameron said, “IS must be crushed in both Iraq and Syria.” As a result, the SAS– Britain’s elite fighting force– will be taking a more proactive approach.
The threat posed directly at his country was heightened following the murder of 30 British tourists by an ISIS gunman in the town of Sousse. Cameron told his citizens that SAS now has the green light to kill or capture ISIS leaders, including the masterminds behind the Tunisian attack.
According to the Daily Mail, “An elite force of up to 100 troops is expected to be committed to the secret war, working alongside US special forces and Navy Seal teams.”
Cameron also promised the Tunisian government that his country would help strengthen the North African nation’s security.
According to the Sunday Times, “the SAS and SBS will be working with MI6 and GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping service, to target Isis and other terror groups which pose a threat to Britain.”
Britain’s Defense Secretary said last week, it was illogical for British pilots to be bombing ISIS in Iraq, but not joining the American-led assault on their bases in neighboring Syria.
The RAF reportedly carried out more than 300 raids against ISIS positions in Iraq, with government-backed military action, for the beheading of western hostages last September, according to the article.
Now a growing number of members in the British parliament believe that increased public revulsion about IS may be enough to support a fresh military campaign in Syria.