David Cameron has warned that if the Islamic State’s onslaught continues Europe will be facing a “poisonous” terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean. The Prime Minister said urgent action needs to be taken to defeat the extremist group, which has created an expanding caliphate in the heart of Iraq and parts of Syria. In a letter in the Sunday Telegraph, he said a “firm security response” is needed and Islamic State (IS) fighters would not be removed by airstrikes alone.
If we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us on the streets of Britain.
Mr Cameron said the West’s first priority was to deal with the “acute humanitarian crisis” caused by people fleeing forces from IS, also known as Islamic State In Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He praised Britons for risking their lives to deliver 80 tons of supplies to the Yazidis trapped in the blistering heat on Mount Sinjar. He said IS has made ground in Syria and has the ancient city of Aleppo firmly within its sights. It also wants to seize territory in Jordan and Lebanon, right up to the Turkish border. His comments come after the Church of England attacked the Prime Minister’s handling of the crisis.
We face in ISIS a new threat that is single-minded, determined and unflinching in pursuit of its objectives.