PM criticised for taking holiday during Iraq crisis

David Cameron commenced the second of his summer holidays today despite the UK's growing involvement in the developing crisis in Iraq.

"Wherever I am, wherever I am in the world I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry and an ability to manage things should they need to be managed," he said yesterday.

Yesterday he ruled out Britain getting involved in another war in Iraq.

A former SAS soldier and Labour politicians were among those criticising the timing of Mr Cameron's second summer holiday.

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PM: UK is not going to get involved in another Iraq war

David Cameron has reiterated his commitment not to send British troops to Iraq to combat the threat of Islamist extremists.

David Cameron has ruled out sending troops to Iraq. Credit: PA Wire

"Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq," the prime minister told the BBC.

Mr Cameron said Kurdish forces were the "first line of defence" against Islamic State (IS) fighters, ruling out sending British "boots on the ground".

But he said the UK would continue "using the assets that we do have" as a "front-rank power".

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK's involvement in Iraq had moved beyond a humanitarian one, with British aircrafts gathering surveillance intelligence on IS militants.

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