Britain rules out working with Syria to tackle Islamic State militants

LONDON Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:50pm BST

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street in central London August 20, 2014.    REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street in central London August 20, 2014.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Friday ruled out negotiating with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against the hardline Islamic State (IS) movement that has bases in northern Syria as well as in over one third of Iraq.

With pressure growing for action against the group that beheaded a U.S. journalist this week, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the only way to tackle the threat was by working with the Iraqi government which has troops on the ground and that dialogue with Assad would not advance the cause.

"We may very well find that on some occasions we are fighting the same people as he is but that doesn't make us his ally and ... it wouldn't be practical, sensible or helpful to even think about going down that route," Hammond told BBC Radio.

(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Stephen Addison)

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droog wrote:
That would be far too embarrassing For the idiots that shape our policy in this part of the world.

The reality is that IS can’t be defeated in Iraq while they survive in Syria. Assad is far and away the best hope in the region.

Why were we opposed to him again – I forget?

Aug 22, 2014 2:54pm BST  --  Report as abuse
paullafargue wrote:
Like Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was right about the Jihadists from the outset.

But the £millionaires and ex public schoolboys running Britain into the ground are so out of touch with reality that all they want is regime change at any cost.

Under Bashar al-Assad Christians, Shiites, Sunnis, Allawites and others including even Jews were free to practice their religions and live in relative peace.

But that all changed when the USA, supported by its poodle Cameron started to meddle in Syrian internal affairs.

Just as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Ukraine the result has been devastating for the people and counter productive for the USA, UK and NATO whose credibility is in tatters.

Aug 22, 2014 3:29pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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