UK to not give in to ISIS demands: Cameron

LONDON (TIP): UK Prime Minister David Cameron on September 3 announced his plans to build a coalition for a full-fledged military-led intervention against ISIS in Iraq even as the group threatened to kill a British hostage. Cameron said, “A country like ours will not be cowed by these barbaric killers.” ISIS said the Briton who has family in Scotland would be killed unless US air strikes in Iraq were halted.

Relatives have asked the media not to name him. Britain’s foreign secretary Philip Hammond said the seizure of the British hostage did not make airstrikes on the militants more likely, but said he wasn’t ruling that option out. “It doesn’t make any difference at all to our strategic planning,” he said. “If we judge that airstrikes could be beneficial … then we will certainly consider them.

But we have made no decision to do so at the moment.” Making a statement in the House of Commons, Cameron said: “If they think we will weaken in the face of their threats, they are wrong. It will have the opposite effect. We will be more forthright in defence of the values – liberty, under the rule of law, democracy and freedom – that we hold dear.” Cameron said, “I am sure the whole House and the whole country will join with me in condemning the sickening and brutal murder of another American hostage and share our shock and anger that it again appears to have been carried out by a British citizen.

All our thoughts are with the British hostage and his family. Their ordeal is unimaginable.” “Let me be very clear: this country will never give in to terrorism. Our opposition to ISIS will continue, at home and abroad. It is important that we are clear about the nature of the threat we are facing. It makes no distinction between cultures, countries and religions.

There is no way to appease it. The only way to defeat it is to stand firm, and to send a very straightforward message,” he added. “I think what has happened to the two hostages so far and what may happen again in the future is utterly abhorrent and barbaric. These people need to understand we will not waver in our aim of defeating terrorism,” the PM said

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