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Britain's Cameron says more Tornado jets to join Iraq mission

Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 01:07

British Prime Minister David Cameron says two more RAF Tornado fighter jets will be deployed in campaign against IS in Iraq, as he visits Cyprus air base from where planes are deployed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: British Prime Minister David Cameron made a surprise visit to the Akrotiri Royal Air Force Base in Cyprus on Thursday (October 2). Cameron said two more Tornado fighter jets will be deployed in the mission against Islamic State militants in Iraq. British Tornado fighter jets launched their first attack against Islamic State targets in Iraq on Tuesday (September 30), attacking an IS heavy weapons position that was engaging Kurdish forces. "There will be two further Tornadoes coming so that we can keep up the tempo of these important operations, beating back ISIL and helping save lives in Iraq," Cameron said, referring to IS, also known as ISIL. "Were we not doing this, there will be real danger that ISIL would grow stronger, and remember, ISIL is not just a threat in Iraq and Syria. It is a threat to the streets and to the people of Britain. That's why we are here. That's why we are doing this. And I want to thank the people at the sharp end." After a parliamentary vote last week, Britain joined a U.S.-led coalition supported by some Gulf and European nations against the militant group. France has also conducted air strikes in Iraq, while Washington said Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates joined strikes over Syria on Saturday. Six Tornado jets, normally based at RAF Marham in England, have been based on Cyprus since August. They have been engaged in intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance over Iraq for the past six weeks. Britain retains two military bases on Cyprus, which it ruled as a colony until independence in 1960.

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Britain's Cameron says more Tornado jets to join Iraq mission

Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 01:07