A stronger Islamic State can pose direct threat to Britons at home, British PM David Cameron said. His solution is to clamp down on the Islamists’ recruitment drive in Britain, but not to send ground troops to Iraq.
In a strongly-worded article published in The Sunday Telegraph, David Cameron warned that if the Islamic State grows stronger and creates a caliphate in the Middle East, the group would project threat to Europe.
“If we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us on the streets of Britain. We already know that it has the murderous intent,” he said.
Cameron, who has been criticized for the coalition government’s cautious approach to the security crisis in Iraq, called the fight against IS “a generational struggle against a poisonous and extremist ideology” adding that it may take “the rest of my political lifetime.”
The Islamic State is gaining strength after taking control of large portions of Syria and Iraq. It is now fighting in northern Iraq against Kurdish militias while massacring and ousting religious and ethnic minorities. The goal of the group is to create a Caliphate ruled by a fundamentalist version of Sunni Islam.
“If it succeeded we would be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO member,” Cameron warned, referring to Turkey, which borders northern Syria and Iraq.
The UK’s involvement in the crisis has been limited so far to delivering air drops of aid to stranded refugees and surveillance flights ofTornado jets and Rivet Joint SIGINT aircraft over battle zones. London is reportedly mulling joining the US and France in delivering arms directly to the Kurds.
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