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Britain joins US on frontlines after beheading video

Published on Sep 4, 2014 12:30 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Britain joined the United States on the frontline against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Wednesday after a British hostage's life was threatened in a gruesome video, with London saying it would not rule out taking part in air strikes if necessary.

"I can assure you that we will look at every possible option to protect this person," Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said after an emergency government meeting held on the eve of a two-day summit of NATO leaders in Wales.

Cameron chaired the meeting, which was called after the release on Tuesday of a video showing the execution of a second US journalist by Islamist fighters in Iraq.

"A country like ours will not be cowed," Cameron said, adding: "We will not waver in our aim of defeating terrorism".

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