David Cameron encourages increase of counter-terror measures

David Cameron encourages increase of counter-terror measures. | Courtesy of the U.K. Government
Prime Minister of the U.K. David Cameron has called on defense officials to invest in special forces and other measures that would facilitate growth of counter-terror capacity, the British government reported Monday.

This statement follows Cameron's budget release, which commits two percent of GDP toward the Ministry of Defense. He also stated that, with the conclusion of the Strategic Defense and Security Review, officials will prioritize measures that protect the U.K. from threats of terror and extremism.

"As prime minister, I will always put the national security of our country first," Cameron said. "That’s why it is right that we spend two percent of our GDP on defense because this investment helps to keep us safe. It has only been possible because of the difficult decisions we have made to ensure a strong and secure economy."

According to the report, the U.K. plays a significant role in the counter-measures against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), with over 1,000 missions having been carried out by Reaper drones and Tornado aircraft of the Royal Air Force. They also provide support for other members of the counter-ISIL coalition that consists of approximately 60 countries.

"Now we know how much we will spend, what matters next is how we spend it," Cameron said. "I have tasked the Defense and Security Chiefs to look specifically at how we do more to counter the threat posed by ISIL and Islamist extremism."