Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK is committed to working with the US to destroy the “caliphate” set up by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria….reports Asian Lite News
David Cameron told US TV network NBC he wanted the UK to do more but said he needed to “take parliament with him”.
But MPs voted against proposed military action in Syria two years ago. The opposition Labour and the fully charged Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) are opposing the move vehemently.
Speaking about the UK’s possible role in fighting the group, Mr Cameron told NBC: “I want Britain to do more. I’ll always have to take my parliament with me.
“We’re talking and discussing at the moment, including with the opposition parties in Britain, what more we can do. But be in no doubt, we’re committed to working with you to destroy the caliphate in both countries.”
Last week Labour’s interim leader Harriet Harman was invited to a National Security Council briefing on the threat in Syria – which was seen as a further sign of a possible parliamentary vote to extend air strikes in the autumn. But Labour and the Lib Dems have called for an explanation in Parliament after it emerged that RAF pilots had taken part in bombing raids over Syria despite MPs having approved action against IS only in Iraq.
Downing Street has confirmed that Mr Cameron was aware of the Syria missions flown by UK aircrew embedded with US and Canadian forces.
And Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who encouraged MPs to consider military action in Syria earlier this month, has defended the UK involvement saying it is “standard operating practice”.
Meanwhile, Mr Cameron will use a speech on Monday to warn young Britons tempted to join IS they will end up as little more than “cannon fodder”, BBC reported.
“If you are a boy, they will brainwash you, strap bombs to your body and blow you up. If you are a girl, they will enslave and abuse you,” he will say.
Mr Cameron is expected to give a speech on Monday setting out the government’s future strategy to combat radicalisation and extremism.
He is expected to say: “British values are our strongest weapon in the battle against the twisted narrative of Islamist extremists.
“Wherever we are from, whatever our background, whatever our religion, there are things we share together.
“We are all British. This is the home we have built together. We can all feel part of this country – and we must all now come together and stand up for our values with confidence and pride.
“And as we do so we should together challenge the ludicrous conspiracy theories of the extremists.”
It follows a speech the prime minister made in June when he warned of the dangers posed by those who “quietly condone” IS militants’ extremist ideology and called on Muslims to do more within their own communities.