Cameron promises no return to war in Iraq
We at Shoebat.com believe we are already in a world war against Islamic fundamentalism, but so far the Christian West is unwilling to recognize this war which is in full hot mode in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Libya and Sudan. Prime-minister Cameron is just another gutless fool who will not recognize the facts and choses to put off now the ability to squash the Muslim horde, instead the Christian world will have to do it later but then you will be dealing with hundreds of thousands of these ISIS type vermin who are worse than the Nazis.
When you do not stamp out a hornets nest in or around your home when it first appears it will then grow into a massive wave. This hornets nest is ISIS and fundamentalist Islam. Short term political advantage and plain fear will cost the West and secular Muslims millions instead of hundreds of lives unless we take care of business now. The Pope himself has called for Military action to defeat ISIS so even a man who always preaches peace is ready for a Crusade.
David Cameron has moved to ease fears that Britain will get dragged into another war in Iraq after the UK’s military involvement went beyond humanitarian aid.
Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, revealed at the weekend that the RAF had deployed the Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft alongside Tornado bombers to provide vital intelligence on extremist movements across Iraq.
The prime minister has also confirmed that Britain is ready to arm Kurdish forces in northern Iraq in order to bolster the fight against the Islamic State extremists who have taken over swathes of the country, killing and persecuting non-Sunnis.
“I want to be absolutely clear to you and to families watching at home, Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq,” Mr Cameron told BBC Breakfast today.
“We are not going to be putting boots on the ground. We are not going to be sending in the British Army.
“Yes, we should use all the assets that we have, our diplomacy, our political relationships, our aid, the military prowess, the expertise that we have to help others – we should use these things as part of a strategy to put pressure on Islamic State and make sure this terrorist organisation is properly addressed and it cannot cause mayhem on our own streets.”
SAS troops are in Iraq and regular forces have already gone into the country once on a humanitarian mission. Mr Fallon said that a small number of regular British soldiers went briefly into the semi-autonomous Kurdish territory north of the country last week.
The troops from 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment were flown into Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, last week to prepare for a possible deployment of Chinook helicopters to save families from the Yazidi sect who were stuck on a mountainside.
The troops were on the ground for less than 24 hours before being sent back to the Cyprus base, the front line of Britain’s new campaign in Iraq, after the joint rescue operation with the United States military was called off.
Four Chinooks remain on standby at Akrotiri, and could fly further into the conflict zone to save displaced people.
Aid continues to be flown to Cyprus from Britain, as do aircrew and other military personnel as the mission — named Operation Shader — moves to a potentially more enduring deployment.
Leading the British effort for now, six Tornado jets and a spy plane are pushing beyond the Kurdish region into other parts of northern Iraq. The aircraft provide intelligence, to be shared with the US military, on displaced families and the movement of jihadists.
The information could be used by the Iraqi military in planning attacks on jihadists — a development that brings Britain closer to a direct combat role. This could cause alarm among some MPs who are concerned about mission creep.
“This is not simply a humanitarian mission,” Mr Fallon said. “We and other countries in Europe are determined to do what we can to help the government of Iraq combat this new and very extreme form of terrorism that Isil [the Islamic State] is promoting.”
The government is considering sending British military gear, such as night-vision goggles and body armour, to Kurdish peshmerga fighters. The RAF is already flying ammunition, rifles and machine guns from former Soviet countries into Arbil.
Mr Cameron said “keeping people safe here at home” was his “number one, two and three priorities”.
“We have said that if the Kurds, the peshmerga, want to have arms from us, that is something we would consider favorably.
“Up to now they have not been making that request. Really the sort of weapons they have been using have been more eastern bloc variety, and so they have been supplied by others.”
Mr Cameron said he viewed the Kurds as the “first line of defence against these murderous extremists in IS that are causing so much damage in Iraq”.
He insisted that IS had already started inflicting “damage here in Europe”, highlighting a shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels.
“We have already had the first IS-motivated attacks in Europe; for instance, the dreadful terrorism that took place in Brussels just a few weeks ago.”
Mr Cameron came under further pressure from a prominent Anglican, as Canon Andrew White from Baghdad’s St George’s Church called on the government to offer asylum to up to 30,000 Iraqi Christians.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme they had “no future” in Iraq, adding: “Christianity could well be nearly dead and Britain has refused asylum to any Iraqi and now we are desperate. It’s a matter of life and death.
“We need help, not just inside Iraq by bombing Isis and dropping food – we need that desperately but we also need our people to be given asylum.”
The plea today seemed unlikely to receive government sanction. Rory Stewart, the chairman of the defence select committee, who was a former coalition deputy governor in Iraq following the 2003 war, said that he thought the government was more likely to try co-ordinate a coalition of different countries willing to help.Mr Stewart gave cautious backing to arming the Kurds, but said he would like to see the peshmerga, the Kurdish fighting forces, reform the way they operated.
“The lesson, above all, of our last intervention in Iraq is we have got to focus on what we can do,” said Mr Stewart.
Iraq’s army spokesman said that security forces and Kurdish fighters, backed by airstrikes, have taken back the strategic Mosul Dam, the country’s largest, from Islamic militants who captured it less than two weeks ago.