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U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said British emergency aid experts arrived in Iraq early Friday morning and noted that his country could offer Iraqi authorities counter-terrorism guidance.
Hague held a press conference on Friday with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie at the end of “Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict” in London.
Hague said he had discussed the developments in Iraq with Kerry and said that Britain did not plan a military intervention. “We are looking urgently at other ways to help, for example with counter-terrorism expertise. Work is under way on that now and we will continue to liaise closely with our U.S. allies in particular on that.”
Unrest in north and west of Iraq began Tuesday after militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, along with other armed groups seized the city of Mosul in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province.
“This is primarily the responsibility of the Iraqi security forces working in cooperation with the civil authorities including the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq,” said Hague.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. officials had already held a comprehensive meeting regarding the events in Iraq and had discussed a range of options “including military action to provide support for the Iraqi government to respond to their request at this difficult time.”
Stressing that “Iraq is facing a brutal enemy”, he said that this also poses a threat to the interests of the U.S. and their allies in Europe and in the region and that he expects President Barack Obama to make “timely decisions.”
“This needs to be a wake-up call for all of Iraq’s political leaders. Now it is time for Iraq’s leaders to come together to show unity,” said Kerry. “Political division fuelled by ethnic or sectarian differences simply cannot be allowed to steal from the Iraqi people what so many have given so much for over the course of these last years.”
“The bottom line is that the ISIL is a threat not just to Iraq and to the entire region, but it is a threat to Europe, the U.S. and the other counties in the world,” he said.
ISIL raided Turkey’s Mosul consulate on Wednesday and abducted 49 Turkish nationals, including consulate staff and their families, after they assumed control of the city in a swift operation across northern province of Nineveh on Tuesday.
The U.S. has condemned the abductions and called for a unified approach against ISIL’s continued aggression.
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