How UK government decided to assassinate Reyaad Khan

The British drone strike that killed a number of Isis fighters, including two British citizens, has raised questions, including how David Cameron’s government arrived at its decision to assassinate its target, the UK jihadi Reyaad Khan. Here we take a look at some of those questions.

How was the decision made?

The decision to launch a military strike to kill a British national, Reyaad Khan, was made in the spring by the National Security Council. The NSC is the UK’s main forum for discussion of intelligence issues. It meets once a week and is normally attended by the prime minister. It was a momentous decision on various levels: to assassinate a British citizen, to do this using a drone and to do it in Syria, a country with which the UK is not at war.

The NSC was briefed on the activities of several prominent British members of Isis, including Khan, Junaid Hussein and Ruhul Amin. Approval was given for further strikes if necessary.


The decision to send these two monsters to hell has caused much clutching of pearls among the usual suspects.

Frankly I wish Canada used drones in the same fashion.

  • Maggat

    All good and well, BUT, will the UK gov’t and all the rest kindly STFU about it. Blithering on will make the next necessary strike difficult or impossible to mount.

    • David Murrell

      The left-wing Guardian supports the Islamic State, and their UK adherents, since the Guardian supports war crimes against innocent civilians.

  • canminuteman

    Britain is not at war with Syria. A cse could be made that there is no such place as Syria any more. The faction in “Syria” that these two “Britons” belonged to are at war with Britain, whether Britain is at war with them is another matter. A drone strike is no more an assassination than a carpet bombing raid. It is a military attack against a self confessed enemy. Killing them should be a pretty easy decision.

    • mobuyus

      And fun too.

      • canminuteman

        I’d do it for free if I could schedule it for my day off.

  • Edubeat

    (I wish Canada used drones in the same fashion). Better yet send Backdoor Benny to teach them how to use his perverted sex/ed curriclum.Kills bugs dead!

    • mobuyus

      They could teach him a thing or two about playing bum darts with children, if he shows up on a Thursday.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We need to use MIRV nuclear drones.