Coalition airstrikes won’t stop ISIL: UK official

Coalition airstrikes won’t stop ISIL: UK official
Tue Oct 14, 2014 14:40:44

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the airstrikes being conducted by a US-led coalition against the ISIL terrorist group will not be enough to defeat the militants, ruling out the use of foreign ground forces, however.

Hammond made the remarks during a press conference on Monday in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, following a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

The British secretary confirmed that there will be no British “boots on the ground,” adding that, in order to defeat the militants, the Iraqi government and its security forces as well as the Iraqi people “will have to take the lead on the ground.”

In addition, Hammond expressed support for the Iraqi government’s campaign against groups, pledging that Iraq would “not stand alone” against the terrorists.