World Bulletin/News Desk
Britain will not send ground forces to intervene in the crisis in Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.
Britain has so far carried out aid drops and surveillance and transported military supplies to Kurdish regional forces allied with the Baghdad central government against insurgents who have overrun much of northern Iraq.
Fallon told The Times newspaper that RAF Tornado aircraft and a spy plane were flying further into Iraq, beyond the focus area of the humanitarian crisis in the Kurdistan region, to gather information on the forces of ISIL.
"This is not simply a humanitarian mission," Fallon said.
Fighters of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region are struggling against better-armed forces from ISIL, which has swept across northern Iraq since June, pushing back Kurdish forces and driving tens of thousands of minority Yazidis and Christians from their homes.
Having said on Sunday that Britain should use its military power to tackle the insurgents to stop them creating "a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean", Cameron on Monday sought to reassure Britons that the country's help there would not amount to another war.
Instead it would use other methods to help counter them.
"We should use all the assets that we have - our diplomacy, our political relationships, our aid, the military prowess and expertise we have, to help others," Cameron said.Last Mod: 18 Ağustos 2014, 12:10