September 16th, 2014
10:06 PM ET

British Ambassador: U.K. will take "whatever steps are necessary" to defeat ISIS

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey made a startling admission to Congress saying U.S. troops could join the ground war against ISIS.

"If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific (ISIS) targets, I will recommend that to the President," Dempsey said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Dempsey's admission forced the administration to do some major damage control because President Obama has insisted that there will be no U.S. boots on the ground.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Dempsey was just responding to a hypothetical situation. The policy - no boots on the ground - remains.

"What he said was that if he felt that the strategy as it was being proposed and executed was failing that he would not hesitate to change his advice to the commander-in-chief," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

But who should put boots on the ground?

Britain has agreed to help arm Kurdish forces, support the Iraqi government, keep supplying humanitarian help and coordinate with the United Nations to battle ISIS. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said "this is not about British troops on the ground."

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Peter Westmacott discusses his country's fight against ISIS and the pending Scottish independence vote.

Filed under: International • ISIS • News • Syria
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. IGC

    Informative article! Here’s another good article that I came across on the history of ISIS. http://goo.gl/a0vpa4

    September 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  2. Bobby Boon

    As long as people like the PM of Britain and other leaders lie to themselves and us, that Islam is a peaceful religion
    they don't have a clue how to defeat IS.

    September 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  3. J.

    ...the world news and that it is all about...

    September 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  4. J.

    -Have you noticed that as of late th world news has strictly had to be about death, war and destruction of what is civilized? Perhaps we were formerly too smug, whereas things like ebola has no boundaries...nor do ideologies liken to the mideastern extreme of taping plastic explosives to one's body...No, it all about the selling of death as of late and perhaps into the future.

    September 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Reply

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