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Reyaad Khan was 'prolific recruiter and attack planner'

A 21-year-old man from Cardiff, killed in an RAF drone strike two years ago after travelling to Syria to fight for so-called Islamic State, has been described as a "prolific recruiter and attack planner" in a new report.

Khan, from Cardiff, was killed in a UK drone attack in 2015.

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) Report into UK Lethal Drone Strikes in Syria said the attack on Reyaad Khan was "exceptional", in so far as it was the first time the UK had conducted a lethal drone strike against a terrorist target outside of participation in a military campaign.

In terms of the severity of the threat posed by Reyaad Khan, it appears from the 25 intelligence reports and two formal intelligence assessments that we have seen that Khan was a prolific recruiter and attackĀ­ planner.

Over the course of nine months he, alongside another plotter (Junaid Hussain),encouraged multiple operatives around the world to conduct attacks against the UK and our allies.

They provided practical instructions for the manufacture of bombs, and information on targets. We are in no doubt that Reyaad Khan posed a very serious threat to the UK.

– Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP, The Chairman of the ISC
Then Prime Minister David Cameron defended the air strike that killed Khan. Credit: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

However, the report criticises the Government for its lack of transparency in terms of the imminence of the threat Khan posed, with the Committee denied the "relevant documents" to consider the information.

The Government has told this Committee that the question of imminence is decided by Ministers, with support from the Attorney General, after they have considered the Agenciesā€™ assessment of the threat.

Without access to the Ministerial submissions, we are not in position to comment on the process by which Ministers considered the question of imminence, and how it might have been considered in relation to the decision to conduct a lethal strike.

– Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP, The Chairman of the ISC