Peter Hain tells David Cameron air strikes are needed in Syria to defeat Islamic State terrorists
Speaking in a packed Commons chamber on the eve of the Nato summit in Wales, the Neath Labour MP suggested that such concerted action could help address the deadly divisions between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the region.
He challenged the prime minister: “Isn’t the truth that Isil won’t be beaten without air strikes in Syria as well? And that that means engaging – however unpalatable – with the Assad regime and Iran as well as of course the Saudis – perhaps also a route to resolving the bitter and dangerous Shia/Sunni conflict in the region.
“Because, ultimately, Isis poses a bigger threat to the nations in the region than it does to us.”