David Cameron is being urged to do more to combat the so-called Islamic State (IS) group as it continues to impose a reign of terror on the citizens of Iraq and Syria as well as inspiring Islamist atrocities overseas.
Critics are calling for the government to do more to combat the threat from the group, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.
The former head of the navy, Lord West, has said the UK should consider carrying out air strikes in Syria as well as Iraq.
And the former army chief, Lord Dannatt, has called for special forces to be sent to the region to help fight the jihadis on the ground.
But in a BBC Radio 4 interview this week, the Prime Minister defended Britain’s contribution to the international coalition against IS.
The Americans are in overall charge of Operation Inherent Resolve – the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria.
More than 60 countries pledged to join the anti-IS coalition in September last year, but only a dozen have made a serious military contribution so far.
The United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the UK are in action in Iraq. British drones fly reconnaissance missions above Syria but do not drop bombs after parliament voted against military action there in 2013.
The US, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have also bombed targets in Syria. There are reports of Qatar and Morocco flying sporadic bombing missions there too.
The US military must know which country has done what, but they have not made the figures public, so we have to go by what individual countries tell us. (more…)