Thursday, September 4, 2014

UK: British PM, US President Stand Firm Re: Refusing to Pay Ransom for Hostages

According to The Daily Mail, British PM David Cameron and President Barack Obama will today prepare the ground for multi-national air strikes against Islamic State (IS) and for sending troops to form a NATO training force in Iraq.

There is intense pressure on PM David Cameron and President Obama to use a NATO Summit to act decisively against the Islamic State (IS).

With world leaders gathered in Wales, the British Prime Minister will argue for a multi-national effort to crush jihadist forces who have already murdered two Americans and are threatening to kill a British hostage. 

The PM told the House of Commons that he has no doubt that millions of dollars raised by IS from ransom payments is used to promote terrorism affecting the UK.

    COMMENT: Mr. Cameron said he will continue with its policy of not paying ransoms to terrorist kidnappers, adding the UK needed to ensure that other countries were also adhering to similar policies.

    A video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff also included IS extremists threatening a UK hostage.

    Mr Cameron said: ‘There’s no doubt that the many tens of millions of dollars that IS has raised from ransom payments is going into promoting terrorism, including terrorism affecting our own country."

    The British PM said that at last year’s G8 Summit he had launched an initiative in an effort to convince his country's European counterparts to agree to NOT pay ransom for the return of foreign hostages.

    Government sources suggested that as well as backing air attacks, in the longer term the UK was ready to contemplate putting boots back on the ground in Iraq in a potential NATO force to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces, if requested by Baghdad.

    Mr. Cameron told MPs that the fight against Islamic extremism is akin to a new Cold War, and could last for many years.