Will British involvement in Iraq be confined to aid missions?

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Will British involvement in Iraq be confined to aid missions?
12th August 2014

RAF jets dropped a second round of aid packages to refugees trapped in mountains in northern Iraq last night.

And more RAF jets are being send to the country in anticipation of further aid missions.

But could British armed forces become further involved in the escalating situation in Iraq?

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is due to chair a meeting of the Government's emergency committee COBRA today to discuss the ongoing crisis in the country.

James Marlow, Middle East analyst and journalist, said in order to control extremist Islamic groups from expanding in the region, America president Barak Obama or his successor will have to put US soldiers on the ground.

“Pressure will be put on the British to eventually get involved,” he added.

Journalist James Banks, who served in the region with the army in 2005, described the post invasion situation in Iraq as ‘incredibly complex’.

He added troops may need to be send back to Iraq to control the situation and the option could be put on the table soon.

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