'Hard military force' needed to tackle Assad & ISIL

PM Cameron suggests that Britain will be preparing itself for military action on two fronts, against ISIL as well as Syria's Assad

'Hard military force' needed to tackle Assad & ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

David Cameron has said "hard military force" will be needed to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria and to defeat ISIL.

UK Prime Minister remarks come as a response to MP Harriet Harman's question about an exact figure on the number of refugees Britain was prepared to take from refugee camps in countries neighbouring Syria.

"She talks about going to the causes of these crises. She is absolutely right about that. We have to be frank, particularly the eastern Mediterranean crisis is because Assad has butchered his own people and because ISIL have in their own way butchered others, and millions have fled Syria," PM Cameron said. 

"We can do all we can as the moral humanitarian nation taking people, spending money on aid and helping in refugee camps. But we have to be part of the international alliance that says we need an approach in Syria which will mean we have a government that can look after its people. Assad has to go, ISIL has to go. Some of that will require not just spending money, not just aid, not just diplomacy but it will on occasion require hard military force," he added. 

David Cameron suggests that Britain will be preparing itself for military action on two fronts – expanding British involvement in airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria, as well as possibly taking action against Assad.

Furhtermore, UK prime minister notified the parliament that potential "safe zones" in Syria "would involve a military commitment by Turkey, by America and potentially by Britain."

Safe zones have been proposed by Turkey since the start of the Syrian civil war, which has already killed more than 250,000 people, in a bid to protect vulnerable civilians from the terrorist organizations such as Daesh and Bashar al-Assad's forces.

The British prime minister added that "the thinking about safe zones is certainly the right sort of thinking."

"We should focus on what the safe zones are supposed to achieve, which is to try to keep people in their homes and communities or, when they have left, to keep them in refugee camps rather than see them making the dangerous crossing into Europe," Cameron added.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Eylül 2015, 16:09