Iraq crisis: Philip Hammond says UK would cruise defending Kurds

Kurdish fighters in IraqKurdish fighters are battling Islamic militants in Iraq

The UK would “consider favourably” any ask for arms from a Kurds in their conflict with extremists in Iraq, a unfamiliar secretary has confirmed.

Philip Hammond described belligerent organisation Islamic State (IS), that is fighting a Kurds and has seized vast tools of northern Iraq, as a “terrible threat”.

It is accepted a UK has not been rigourously asked for approach help.

The emanate is a theme of a assembly of EU unfamiliar ministers in Brussels and a government’s puncture committee.

France and a United States have already granted arms to a Iraqi Kurds.

‘Terrible threat’

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond vocalization from Brussels

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Philip Hammond: “Iraq now needs an thorough government”

Arriving during a assembly in Brussels, Mr Hammond said: “The UK has pronounced we will also cruise agreeably any requests for reserve of arms.

“We are already shipping ammunition and reserve from other eastern European countries into Irbil.”

He described a EU assembly as an “opportunity for member states to get together, to review notes, to coordinate a activity, and send a really transparent vigilance of a support to a new primary apportion designate”.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki quiescent and conceded energy to Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s emissary speaker.

Yazidi child interloper carrying fled to SyriaThe Islamic extremists are reportedly targeting Iraqi Christians and members of a Yazidi eremite sect

Mr Hammond combined that a assembly was a possibility to send “a really transparent vigilance that Iraq now needs to have an thorough supervision representing all a people of Iraq so that we can get behind it and pull behind this terrible hazard from IS”.

Meanwhile, a government’s puncture Cobra assembly got underneath approach during 12:00 BST, chaired by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

Earlier, former Liberal Democrat personality Lord Ashdown called for a supervision to arm a Kurds, observant doing so would capacitate them to “provide rescue and refuge” to those journey from IS.

He told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme a UK indispensable to stop relocating from from one charitable disaster to another, though rather “join a dots” and form an altogether plan per a Middle East.

“Diplomacy has a larger partial to play in this predicament than troops effect,” he said.

“I consider a act of a West should be to find to counter-balance.”


Thousands of refugees have fled from IS, that is reportedly targeting Iraqi Christians and members of a Yazidi eremite sect.

The UN has declared a conditions in a country a “level 3 emergency”, a top turn of charitable crisis.

A UN Security Council assembly on Friday is approaching to approve a resolution, that has been drafted by a UK and is directed during putting some-more vigour on IS.

The fortitude threatens sanctions opposite any nation that finances a group, helps partisan unfamiliar fighters, or reserve weapons.

The UK is already assisting ride Soviet-era troops reserve from Eastern Europe to a Kurdish forces.

It is accepted a preference on possibly to present or sell weapons to a Kurds will be done if and when a grave ask is authorized by a UK.

In prior situations, arms have been possibly means or sole to opposite countries.

Humanitarian reserve prepared to be airlifted to IraqHumanitarian reserve have been airlifted to Iraq

The RAF has been creation assist drops to people journey IS, while a US has been carrying out airstrikes opposite a fighters.

Since Saturday, a UK has delivered scarcely 10,000 reusable H2O catharsis containers any containing 5 litres of purify H2O as good as preserve kits and solar lamps.

Map of IS advance

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