Lawmakers urge Britain to step up Islamic State fight

AP News
Posted: Feb 05, 2015 9:10 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain has the resources to give more support to Iraqi forces and should step up its role in fighting the Islamic State group, a committee of British lawmakers said Thursday in a report.

Parliament's Defense Select Committee said it was shocked that when interviewed, British service chiefs failed to set out a clear definition of Britain's role in Iraq.

It argued that Britain should be prepared to provide an increased level of air support to Iraqi forces. Britain carried out less than one air strike a day on average in Iraq, it found.

Britain has so far not contributed to air strikes into Syria. The report did not challenge that policy, but said the government should be careful to explain the logic of the restriction.