British Prime Minister David Cameron told NBC News on Tuesday that he is certain that the “Islamic State” (IS or ISIS) is plotting attacks in Europe.
“These people want to kill us,” Cameron said. “They’ve got us in their sights and we have to put together this coalition … to make sure that we ultimately destroy this evil organization,” he said.
“It has oil, it has money, it has territory, it has weapons. And there’s no doubt in my mind it has already undertaken and is planning further plots in Europe and elsewhere, specifically in Belgium, in Brussels,” Cameron continued.
“There are other plots they have been attempting including in my own country in order to kill and maim innocent people. And the same applies to the United States of America,” he said.
Cameron’s warning came as the U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes on IS targets in Syria. Cameron told NBC he hasn’t “ruled out” British airstrikes, two weeks after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that Britain will not participate in any airstrikes on Syria but otherwise is ruling nothing out in helping the campaign against IS.
“We very much support the actions the Americans and others have taken. But we need to recognize this is going to take time, it’s gonna take real resolution and resolve,” Cameron said.
“And we need to make sure we are working very closely with those on the ground, the Iraqi forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and actually the Syrian national opposition — who in the end are the ones who will help to destroy and get rid of this appalling organization,” he told NBC.
Cameron also spoke about his planned meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly, the first by a British prime minister since 1979.
“I will do it not having softened in any way my views about the things that Iran has done and continues to do. I will be very clear. We think they are wrong to have this nuclear weapon program. We think they are wrong to support terrorist organizations,” he said.