Senior Ministry of Defence figures have reportedly urged David Cameron to drop the claim there are 70,000 available troops on the ground in Syria.

Fears have arisen that it could become the Prime Minister’s “dodgy dossier” as he leads the country deeper into war with jihadist militants from Isis.

In his argument for strikes against the group in Syria, David Cameron claimed there were 70,000 moderate forces – mainly Free Syrian Army fighters – ready to take back ground in the war-torn country.

But MoD figures were apparently concerned the claim could be compared to Tony Blair’s assertion before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes – which was later proved false.

Source: Fears 70,000 troops claim could be PM’s ‘dodgy dossier’ after MoD warning |