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'Jihadi John' on government 'kill list' of British IS fighters

Further drone strikes against Islamic State militants plotting to attack the UK could be launched within weeks, the Defence Secretary has said.

Michael Fallon said the Government would "not hesitate" to repeat the action that led to Britons being killed by an RAF drone in the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa last month.

ITV News understands there are at least five people on a government 'kill list'. One is that of Mohammed Emwazi - the man known as 'Jihadi John' who has been filmed beheading Islamic State hostages.

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UK told UN drone strike on militants was 'necessary'

The UK informed the United Nations about its drone strike on an Islamic State militant in Syria, claiming the hit had been a "necessary and proportionate" action.

In the letter, dated yesterday - the same day Prime Minister David Cameron revealed to MPs that the strike had taken place - representative Matthew Rycroft said the target was "known to be actively engaged in planning and directing imminent armed attacks" against the UK.

The letter sent from the UK government to the United Nations Security Council Credit: UN Security Council

The targeted attack in Syria last month killed two fighters for the so-called Islamic State, Reeyad Khan and Ruhul Amin, who were both from the UK.

Mr Rycroft said it had been in the interests of self-defence for Britain, as well as the collective defence of Iraq, where the extremist group has taken over swathes of land.

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