Britain to ‘extend’ airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq
Defense Secretary Michael Fallon ruled out the possibility of Western ground troops joining the fight against ISIS
The United Kingdom said it is extending its air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by an extra year, the defense secretary said according to the BBC.
"We want to ensure we maintain this crucial operational tempo," Michael Fallon, who is in visit in Iraq, said adding that British jets helped Iraqi forces on the ground to push ISIS militants out of key towns.
Fallon ruled out the possibility of Western ground troops joining the fight against ISIS.
"RAF Tornados have carried out hundreds of strikes, helping Iraqi forces push back ISIS from the Kurdish region and out of key towns such as Tikrit and Bayji," he said.
"We want to ensure we maintain this crucial operational tempo and so we will extend the lifetime of Number 12 Squadron for a further year to March 2017."
He also said that Iraq needed British help with air support, training and equipment.
Last year, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Britain wants to do more to help the United States destroy ISIS.
The U.S.-led coalition has conducted more than 5,200 strikes since it launched an air campaign against ISIS.
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