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Foreign secretary Philip Hammond’s decision on sending British combat troops to Libya

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Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

At an anti-Isis conference in Rome, foreign secretary says UK could provide support in other ways, such as organisation and air-gathered intelligence

At an anti-Isis conference in Rome, foreign secretary says UK could provide support in other ways, such as organisation and air-gathered intelligence

Philip Hammond rules out sending British combat troops to Libya

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Philip Hammond, the British foreign secretary, has said that sending combat troops to Libya to tackle the spread of Islamic State is a no go.

Mr Hammond said the UK could,

“provide support in other ways, primarily by providing intelligence gathered from the air, offering advice and helping with military organisation.

“We will certainly want to support the new Libyan government in any practical way we can but I don’t envisage that there will be a situation where we need or want to put combat troop boots on the ground,” he said.

“I don’t think we are likely to think that putting combat troops on the ground is a helpful contribution. There are plenty of armed men in Libya. What they need is organisation, command and control, air-gathered intelligence, strategic organisation.”

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