Dear Ministry of Defence,
Thank you for your recent answer to another FoI, in which the MoD confirmed that UK drone strikes exclusively target members of 'Daesh' in Syria and Iraq (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...). That response explained that the term 'terrorist' is used in the MoD's published lists of drone strikes in those countries because Daesh is legally designated a 'terrorist' group in the UK by virtue of being on the government's 'Proscribed Organisations' list.
I would now like to know some further information, if possible:
1. Why does the MoD use this political and legal definition of terrorism, which designates all individuals deemed to belong to an organisation 'terrorist' irrespective of their engagement in terrorist tactics, rather than a tactical definition rooted in the actual activities of those individuals?
2. Would ancillary Daesh members who engage in no direct hostilities be included in those named as 'terrorists' in the published drone strike lists?
3. Are drone operators required, and able, to ascertain with absolute certainty, membership of Daesh of all of those targeted, killed and injured in drone strikes?
Not sure, Mark. It shouldn't be us, as we didn't answer the earlier one. I will ask around and see where we go with this.
Levant Team – Iraq Desk Tel: 020 7218 6114 or 9 621 86114
Zone 04.K MOD Main Building, LONDON SW1A 2HB
Wilson, Drew Mr (SPO LENA-Levant Pol-Iraq) would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information request - Membership of 'Daesh' among targets of UK drone strikes".