Britain must “use everything we have in our armoury” to squeeze the Islamic State (IS) terror group out of existence, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Mr Cameron was speaking as he joined US president Barack Obama to insist that Britain and America will not waver following the murders of two US journalists and threats against the life of a British hostage by the jihadi group in Iraq.
They have joined other leaders of Western powers for a Nato summit in south Wales which will be dominated by the situation in Iraq, as well as the stand-off with Russia over Ukraine.
Speaking from the summit venue near Newport, Mr Cameron restated his policy that Britain will not pay ransoms to free nationals held by terror groups, but said that this meant the Government had a duty to do “everything we can” to help hostages.
He said he had not ruled out UK involvement in air strikes on IS, but stressed that the priority was support for those already fighting the militants on the ground, indicating that the UK could step up its support for the Kurds, possibly by directly supplying arms or advisers.
Mr Cameron told ITV1’s Good Morning Britain: “We need to show real resolve and determination, we need to use every power and everything in our armoury with our allies, with those on the ground, to make sure we do everything we can to squeeze this dreadful organisation our of existence.”