Ben Farmer, Peter Foster, Christopher Hope and Richard Spencer
August 9, 2014
Britain could join America in launching military strikes against Islamist extremists in Iraq should the situation descend into genocide, government sources said.
US forces began raids against fighters in northern Iraq on Friday after Barack Obama pledged to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.
Two F/A18 Hornets from an aircraft carrier in the Gulf dropped laser-guided 500lb bombs on a mobile artillery piece used by the jihadists. The attacks were announced by Mr Obama, who said “America is coming to help” the thousands of Christian children at risk of genocide from Islamist jihadists.
On Friday a second round of air strikes was taking place. In Britain, following an emergency Cobra meeting, Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, announced plans for a UK air drop of provisions for those displaced by the violence, and an £8 million emergency aid package. He said Britain would assist America with surveillance.
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