British Prime Minister Teresa May mentioned on Friday that though the Islamic State (IS) has been crushed, thanks principally to the strike by the bottom personnel, it poses menace to the area and Britain.
May, who made this identified on a brief go to to an RAF base in Cyprus, mentioned that British forces working from the Akrotiri base, close to the southern metropolis of Limassol, performed greater than 1,600 strikes in opposition to Daesh targets.
She additionally mentioned that the forces have supported greater than 1,450 personnel working with allies and companions in Jordan and Iraq to battle IS and stop its re-emergence.
“Here in Cyprus, you are the epicentre of so much of our military activity in the region,” May mentioned, including that the personnel of the bottom must be “incredibly proud” of serving to to crush IS.
“That so-called Caliphate has been crushed and no longer holds significant territory in Iraq or Syria,” May mentioned.
However, the British prime minister mentioned that it’s essential to proceed to deal instantly with the menace they nonetheless pose within the area, however on the identical time deal with coaching the Iraqi Security Forces to allow them to maintain Daesh out.
She additionally spoke of the opportunity of IS carrying assaults outdoors the Middle East.
“As Daesh seeks new ungoverned areas from which to plot and perform assaults, it’s not simply in these areas that safety is at stake however within the UK too.
“So it is vital that we support the stability of our partners across the Middle East,” she mentioned.
Britain retained two army bases on Cyprus when the Eastern Mediterranean island was granted independence in 1960.