British Foreign Secretary William Hague has confirmed that UK troops will not return to Iraq, despite the recent military gains made by Sunni insurgents. According to the Daily Express Hague said there was “no question” of sending in British combat troops. Hague’s comments come after a disastrous week for the Western backed Iraqi government. On Tuesday Iraq’s second city Mosul fell to Al-Qaeda linked insurgents from the ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIS). Then on Wednesday Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit also fell. Reports say that 500,000 people have fled from Mosul, which represents almost its entire population. There have also been mass beheadings of those opposed to rule by the fundamentalists. But despite calls for international assistance from the Iraqi Foreign Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, including a request for air strikes Hague was adamant he would not commit British troops. He said: “We left Iraq in the hands of elected Iraqi leaders with armed forces, with their own security forces, so it’s primarily for them to deal with. “We’ll do everything we can to relieve humanitarian suffering and resolve the long-running crisis in Syria.” An ISIS spokesman was reported as saying the group had some scores
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