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Visiting Iraq, British foreign minister says airstrikes alone won't stop Islamic State group

  • Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Hammond said coalition airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State group, though he also ruled out the use of foreign ground forces. The British government is taking part in the U.S.-led aerial campaign combating the Islamic State group. However, it has refused to join the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Syria. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Hammond said coalition airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State group, though he also ruled out the use of foreign ground forces. The British government is taking part in the U.S.-led aerial campaign combating the Islamic State group. However, it has refused to join the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Syria. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, left, meets with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, right, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Hammond said coalition airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State group, though he also ruled out the use of foreign ground forces. The British government is taking part in the U.S.-led aerial campaign combating the Islamic State group. However, it has refused to join the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Syria. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, left, meets with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, right, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Hammond said coalition airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State group, though he also ruled out the use of foreign ground forces. The British government is taking part in the U.S.-led aerial campaign combating the Islamic State group. However, it has refused to join the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Syria. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Hammond said coalition airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State group, though he also ruled out the use of foreign ground forces. The British government is taking part in the U.S.-led aerial campaign combating the Islamic State group. However, it has refused to join the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Syria. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Hammond said coalition airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State group, though he also ruled out the use of foreign ground forces. The British government is taking part in the U.S.-led aerial campaign combating the Islamic State group. However, it has refused to join the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Syria. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's foreign minister says coalition airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State group, though he also rules out the use of foreign ground forces.

Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond, on a visit to Baghdad on Monday, says airstrikes have halted the advance of the Islamic State group. But what Hammond calls the "heavy work on the ground" will have to come from the Iraqi government and from inside the Sunni communities occupied by the group.

The British government is taking part in the U.S.-led aerial campaign combating the Islamic State group. However, it has refused to join the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Syria.