British nationals fighting with Islamic State in Syria are a “legitimate target” for drone strikes, the defence secretary has said, as he refused to confirm whether he believed reports that Sally Jones, who travelled to Syria in 2013, had died in a US strike.
Isis fighters were at risk of being hit “every hour of every day”, Michael Fallon said at a Foreign Office press conference.
The Sun reported on Wednesday that the CIA had told its UK counterparts Jones was killed by a Predator drone strike near the Syria-Iraq border in June. It said news of her death was not made public amid fears that her 12-year-old son, Jojo, may have been killed alongside her. US military spokesmen and US sources also refused to confirm whether Jones had been killed, or whether her son was with her at the time.
Fallon said: “If you are a British national in Iraq or Syria and if you have chosen to fight for [Isis] – an illegal organisation that is preparing and inspiring terror attacks on our…