David Cameron under pressure on Iraq

Lodnon - Pressure mounted on Monday for British Prime Minister David Cameron to do more on Iraq, with some members of his own party urging him to recall Parliament from its summer break to consider action against Islamic militants.

British cargo planes carrying drinking water and tents have dropped emergency supplies over Iraq, focusing attention on the Yazidi community, a minority group besieged by Islamic militants in the Sinjar mountains in northern Iraq.

American forces have been carrying out airstrikes to support Kurdish and Iraqi forces fighting the militants.

Call to account

But with media replete with stories of suffering and atrocities, Britain's government is being called to account. The Daily Mail newspaper featured a photograph of the prime minister walking barefoot down a beach under the headline: "Now UK must join bomb raids on fanatics, say MPs."

Lawmaker Conor Burns is leading the charge for a recall of Parliament, insisting that air dropping supplies is not enough to help "brother and sister Christians".

"These people are being beheaded ... and our only response is to drop some food or water on them," he said.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, a prominent member of Cameron's Conservative Party, has also urged Britain to do more, writing in the Daily Telegraph that action is needed to prevent "the Ebola-like spread of the fanatics."

"It would be an utter tragedy if we did not do everything in our power to give succor and relief to those who are now facing massacre and persecution, and to help repel the maniacs from one of the few bright spots in the Middle East," Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

Ex-Army chief Gen. Richard Dannatt told the BBC on Monday that it may be necessary to put British troops on the ground to direct air support.

- AP
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John Stoltz 2014-08-11 04:51:50 PM
If they act, they will get criticized,....if they dont act they still get criticized! It is time the world unite against these Islamic terror groups, who only know how to steal, kill and destroy!!
mmmmTim 2014-08-11 05:09:49 PM
Britain is a small island off the coast of Europe. What on earth has anything in the Middle East got to do with us after all these years. We did nothing about Syria, failed to achieve anything in Iraq and Afghanistan and should do nothing about anywhere other than the UK for a long while. We are not a World Power any more, we have a very small Armed Forces and no control on who comes to the UK. The only thing that needs to be done urgently is to stop the flow of immigrants and get rid of all the illegal ones that have sneaked in. And deport anyone not of English origin who does anything to undermine English Values through speech or criminal action. The Muslims and the US are the cause of all the trouble in the world, getbrid of them both from our shores
Ennio Morricone 2014-08-11 05:14:21 PM
I support the British on this one. ISIS must b destroyed completely, they are satanists.
Paulson Meziri 2014-08-11 05:17:03 PM
Those British citizens that has gone to fight will return to Britain and meet, you may know why you must intervene in time.
Noor Bhai 2014-08-11 05:26:29 PM
As a muslim I condemn the atrocities against the christians in Iraq ! However I am sceptical on the reasons for west intervention judging from historical myth's about weapons of mass destruction that did not exist and America committed mass murder of innocent victims !
Sabeer Mahomed 2014-08-11 06:25:25 PM
Come on David, your oil is at stake!!!