Former British General blames Cameron for rise of Islamic State

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The former head of Britain’s Armed Forces blamed British Prime Minster David Cameron for the rise of the Islamic State in Syria, the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.


General Sir David Richards, who served as chief of Britain’s defense staff from 2010 to 2013, charged Cameron should have used strong military force to stamp out IS when the group first appeared as a threat.


The stark criticism was revealed in a new biography of Cameron by political biographer Sir Anthony Seldon.


In the biography Seldon also reveals a number of other disagreements between Cameron and the general over Cameron’s stance on Libya and Syria.


When Richards was being interviewed by Seldon for the book, the general criticized Cameron for failing to back plans for tougher military action when the Syrian crisis erupted in 2012.


“If they’d done what I’d argued, they wouldn’t be where they are with ISIS,” Richards told the author.


“In Ukraine, as in Syria and Libya, there is a clear lack of strategy and statecraft. The problem is the inability to think things through,” he added.


The book, “Cameron At 10”, also allegedly reveals behind-the-scenes rows in Cameron’s government.


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