IS must be defeated, warns Hammond

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Islamic State (IS) must be defeated “for the security of Britain”, Philip Hammond has warned as foreign ministers from across the globe fly into London to discuss strategy to defeat the terror group.

US secretary of state John Kerry, Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius are among representatives from 21 countries joining talks which will focus on military support for fighters battling against IS (also known as Isis and Isil).

The conference at Lancaster House will also discuss ways to cut off IS finances, how to stop its influence from spreading and curbing the flow of foreign fighters, as well as the aid effort to the region.

It comes after 17 people were murdered during a three-day rampage in France carried out by gunmen linked to al Qaida and IS.

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary warned that “for the security of Britain, Isil must be defeated”.

He said: “Some say that Britain should leave this fight to others. But we cannot sub-contract the safeguarding of our nation’s security.

“Nor can we ignore an organisation that seeks to subvert and destroy the values of democracy, free speech, freedom of religion and the rule of law that are so fundamental to our way of life.”

David Cameron will hold breakfast talks with his Iraqi counterpart, who succeeded Nouri Maliki last year after the country was plunged into crisis as IS took control of significant parts of the north and west.

The Prime Minister said last week the UK would deploy additional intelligence and surveillance support for Iraqi forces on the ground to ensure they are better trained and equipped to counter explosive devices.

A small team will be based at the coalition’s headquarters to design and run training in the specialist field.

US-led coalition forces have carried out more than 1,000 air strikes inside Iraq – around 100 conducted by RAF aircraft.

Officials said the conference will underline the international commitment to defeating, degrading and destroying IS.

Representatives from Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, UAE, the UK and US are all expected to attend.

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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