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Downing Street: 'No UK Military Action in Iraq'

Friday 8th August 2014

Downing Street confirms there will be no UK military action in Iraq.


A Downing Street spokesperson has announced that there will be no military intervention from the UK with regard to the mounting ISIS threat in Iraq. This follows President Barack Obama’s declaration that the US will launch air strikes in Northern part of the country.

Following continued unrest in Iraq, the US President has confirmed that he has authorised targeted airstrikes in the region “if necessary”.

President Obama also confirmed that US military planes had carried out humanitarian airdrops to benefit those fleeing from ISIS forces.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "We welcome the action taken by the United States overnight to provide vital supplies to those Iraqis in desperate need who are fleeing from ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria) terrorists."

Ghaffar Hussain from the Quilliam Foundation told LBC today that ISIS is a more extreme version of Al-Qaeda. He said: “Their ultimate goal is world domination. They believe they’re going to start in Iraq and slowly fight and expand their boarders and eventually take over the entire Middle East, North Africa, and south Asia.”

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will chair a meeting of COBRA later today to discuss the worsening situation in Iraq.