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    British Ex-Military Chief Slams UK's Response to ISIL Threat as 'Feeble'

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    The United Kingdom's response to terrorist threat coming from the Middle East has been "feeble" due to Britain's defense cuts to the military, former UK Navy chief Adm. Nigel Essenhigh said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Essenhigh argues that, in the wake of Britain's "unfinished business" in Afghanistan, there is little public "appetite" for further military intervention abroad, which justifies the country's lack of action in addressing the threat posed by the terrorists.

    "Thus there is cover for our recent, feeble responses to events in the Middle East such as in Libya, Syria and once again in Iraq, as well as in the face of the exponential threat posed by Islamic State," Essenhigh wrote in an article published by The Sunday Telegraph.

    He compared the United Kingdom’s military facing slashes on defense budget with the years before the Second World War. Essenhigh urged for more funding, claiming that the United Kingdom makes the same mistakes as in the 1930s during the rise of Nazism.

    The United Kingdom is part of the US-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the positions of the Islamic State militant group which controls large areas in Syria and Iraq. ISIL is notorious for multiple atrocities, including the beheading of UK aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.

    UK personnel are also teaching infantry tactics and first aid skills to volunteers from Kurdish forces fighting ISIL militants on the ground.

    In February, the House of Commons Defense Committee concluded that the United Kingdom's current involvement in the anti-ISIL international coalition was "strikingly modest."


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