UK cannot ‘rule out’ deploying ground troops in Libya, Hammond says

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‘British ground troops, supported by the Air Force and Navy, may go to Libya to take action against Islamic State in the future, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, just days after telling MPs that no such plans were in the works.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made his remarks in a Telegraph interview on Sunday. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are seeking to turn Libya into a “bolthole” for launching attacks on mainland Europe or Western ships at sea, Hammond argued.

“It wouldn’t make sense to rule anything out because you never know how things are going to evolve,” Hammond told The Telegraph. “But if there were ever any question of a British combat role in any form – ground, sea or air – that would go to the House of Commons.”’

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