Addressing the National Security Council meeting on Iraq crisis, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Islamist extremism was the biggest threat faced by the Middle East and parts of Africa. Mr Cameron warned that the crisis also threatened to hit the UK.
He said that Islamist extremism was not an issue faced only by Iraq. He urged governments to be more inclusive and reign on ungoverned spaces to control the spread of extremism. UK has announced a humanitarian aid for Iraq to deal with the political crisis, but ruled out all possibilities of a military intervention in support of the Iraqi government.
The clashes between the Iranian security forces and Sunni protesters intensified this week and the protesters are now attempting to take over the city of Baquba, which serves as the provincial capital of the country. Mr Cameron called for the active intervention of Iraqi security to allay militant activity. He also urged the Iraqi government to work on peace negotiations with Shia, Sunni and Kurdish groups.