Cameron wants UK to do more against militants

2015-07-19 16:46
British Prime Minister David Cameron. (Ben Stansall, AFP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron. (Ben Stansall, AFP)

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London - Britain is committed to working with the United States to wipe out the Islamic State militant group from Syria and Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview on Sunday.

"I want Britain to do more," he told the NBC television network's Meet the Press programme. "I'll always have to take my Parliament with me."

Cameron made his comments after the London-based human rights group Reprieve released documents on Friday that showed British pilots have taken part in US-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.

The British military now has parliamentary permission to carry out airstrikes against the jihadists only in Iraq. Parliament voted against attacks in Syria in 2013.

Cameron told NBC that his government is discussing how its fight against the militants could be expanded and those discussions include the opposition.

He gave the interview ahead of a speech on Monday that Downing Street billed as an outline of the government's anti-terrorism strategy for the next five years. Cameron will give it three weeks after 30 Britons were killed in a terrorist attack on a Tunisian beach.

He is to warn young people tempted to join Islamic State that they could be reduced to "cannon fodder".

"You won't be some valued member of a movement," he said, according to excerpts released ahead of the speech. "You are cannon fodder for them. They will use you."

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