British Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed US President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq “to protect American personnel,” but has ruled out the use of British military force in the country.
The PM said the world must protect religious minorities “in their hour of desperate need,” as militants forced Iraq’s Yazidi Christians from their homes. The government is considering ways to offer help short of military intervention.
Islamic State (IS) militants have seized Iraq’s biggest Christian town, Qaraqosh. The Yazidis face starvation and dehydration if they remain stranded on Mount Sinjar, and slaughter at the hands of the militants if they move, warn officials. US troops have already made humanitarian air drops in areas threatened by IS.