United Kingdom's Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

The British Prime Minister said late on Wednesday he will ask Parliament to approve joining international airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq. David Cameron announced the move in his address to the U.N. General Assembly.

Mr. Cameron did not mention the prospect of also joining the U.S.-led international airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria that began this week. The threat of the terror group’s grip on large parts of both Iraq and Syria has dominated this week’s annual gathering of world leaders.

Mr. Cameron also warned against believing that it’s necessary to “do a deal” with Syrian President Bashar Assad to defeat the Islamic State group, calling that thinking “dangerously misguided”. He said the brutality of Mr. Assad’s government has been a powerful recruiting tool for extremists during the conflict there, which is now in its fourth year.

Mr. Assad’s government has not asked for international intervention in fighting the Islamic State group, but Iraq has. The Prime Minister defended his decision to pursue the U.K.’s involvement in airstrikes in Iraq, saying that the Islamic State group’s threat is global and that “when the safety and security of our people is at stake, we must be uncompromising in our response”.

There are lessons to be learned from the past, including the invasion of Iraq a decade ago, he acknowledged, but “isolation and withdrawing from a problem like ISIL will only make things worse,” he said, using one of a number of acronyms for the Islamic State group.

Mr. Cameron also said Iran could help in defeating the terror group’s threat. He met with Iran’s President on Wednesday, the first such meeting since the Iranian revolution in 1979. “They could help secure a more stable, inclusive Iraq; and a more stable, inclusive Syria,” Mr. Cameron said of Iran, though he acknowledged that disagreements remain on other issues. “And if they are prepared to do this, then we should welcome their engagement.”

Share this article:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
ALSO READ  UK Court of Appeal to hear Venezuelan gold case

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.