Britain needs to play a greater role in the fight in Iraq against Islamic State, according to a scathing report published on Thursday by the cross-party Commons defence committee, which describes the UK contribution so far as “strikingly modest”.

Against a background of widespread public horror over Isis’s brutal murder of the Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh, MPs express dismay over Britain’s limited involvement and contrasts this position unfavourably with allies such as the US, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Rory Stewart, the committee’s chairman, an independent-minded Conservative, said Britain was doing too little. “We must clearly acknowledge the previous failures in Iraq and reform our approach. But that does not mean lurching to doing nothing,” he said.

In what is an unusually trenchant report by the defence committee, the MPs also accuse UK officials, ministers and officers of having “failed to set out a clear military strategy for Iraq or a clear definition of the UK’s role in the operations”.

Given that Isis is regarded by the MPs as the most dramatic and significant threat to regional stability and international security to have emerged from the Middle East in decades, they say: “We are surprised and deeply concerned that the UK is not doing more.”

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