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UK to Continue Anti-ISIL Airstrikes in Iraq

© AFP 2021 / ARIS MESSINISSmoke rises during airstrikes on the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds
Smoke rises during airstrikes on the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds - Sputnik International
The United Kingdom will carry on airstrikes on the Islamic State positions in Iraq as part of the US-led international coalition, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said stressing that humanitarian measures alone were not enough to address the crisis.

LONDON (Sputnik) – Britain is part of the coalition that has been bombing ISIL positions in Iraq since August 2014. In early October, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to hold a vote in the lower house of the country's parliament to decide whether Britain should extend anti-ISIL airstrikes into Syria.

“But a humanitarian response, alone, is not adequate. We share a responsibility to act to end the bloody civil war and create an inclusive political process, and to work together to crush ISIL and banish its ideology from the face of the earth,” Hammond is due to say in his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The excerpts from Hammond’s speech scheduled for Tuesday evening were published by the UK Foreign Office.

“The UK will continue to be a leading member of the international coalition against ISIL, including carrying out more airstrikes in Iraq than any other country except the US, for as long as it takes to prevail in what will ultimately be a generational struggle against the Islamist extremist ideology that drives it,” the foreign secretary is to say.

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