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Iran Press TV

UK rules out military action in Iraq

Iran Press TV

Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:6AM GMT

The UK will not get militarily involved in Iraq to help contain the recent surge of violence by militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), British Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

Hague told the state-run BBC on Thursday that the UK is considering sending humanitarian aid to Iraq, but that there is "no question" of British troops being sent back to the crisis-hit country.

"We will not be getting involved militarily. We will support the United States in anything that they decide to do; we're in consultation with them. But I stress again it is for the Iraqi leadership primarily to respond to this," Hague said.

The British minister also dismissed suggestions that the UK had a duty to intervene because of its previous role in the Iraq war, saying, "You can't say the crisis was created by invading it and then we should invade it again."

The Takfiri ISIL militants gained control of parts of Iraq's northern areas on June 10. The militants first took control of Nineveh Province, including its provincial capital, Mosul. The terrorists have vowed to march toward the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. They have also threatened to spread the violence to the holy Shia cities of Najaf and Karbala.

UK forces participated in the US-led invasion of Iraq in a blatant violation of international law in 2003 under the pretext that the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, which proved wrong.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday voiced concern over the latest developments in Iraq, saying that, "We warned long ago that the adventure undertaken by the Americans and the British would not end well."

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