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I hope that isolation will be completed by the spring and then operations to liberate Raqqa itself can begin thereafter. Raqqa is a much smaller city than Mosul but will clearly be defended very vigorously by Daesh and that means the operation to liberate Raqqa has to be very carefully prepared, as the operation for Mosul was. Once Raqqa is liberated after Mosul, we will see the beginning of the end of this terrible caliphate.
Today we see a country that in weaponizing misinformation has created what we might now see as the post-truth age. Part of that is the use of cyber-weaponry to disrupt critical infrastructure and disable democratic machinery. Russia is clearly testing NATO and the West. It is seeking to expand its sphere of influence, destabilize countries and weaken the alliance. Therefore it is in our interest and Europe's to keep NATO strong and to deter and dissuade Russia from this course.
President Trump has spoken about the need for engagement with Russia – he's right. We need to understand Russia better. There is nothing inevitable about a retreat to the days of the Cold War.
We've made it clear that there's no need for a second referendum.
We will keep a close eye on the Admiral Kuznetsov as it skulks back to Russia; a ship of shame whose mission has only extended the suffering of the Syrian people. We are man-marking these vessels every step of the way around the UK as part of our steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe.
I have no doubt the next administration will step up to its traditional role.
We're planning to buy 20 aircraft that will double our current fleet. We have 10 aircraft that still have some life in them, but we need to think ahead.
There is a conversation going on now about the EU's desire to build a common security and defence policy, new architecture for that. If they want to do that fine ... We are not there to block or to impede further steps towards EU integration.
You will also find us doing more with our key partners, especially the United States.
The people have spoken. We have had the referendum and there aren't three Brexiteers in the cabinet, we are all Brexiteers now in the cabinet.
Leaving the EU does not mean we are stepping back from our commitment to the security of our continent. We will lead in NATO, the cornerstone of our defense, putting troops onto its eastern border next year. But we will go on blocking an EU Army, which would simply undermine NATO.
We are going to continue to oppose any idea of an EU army or EU army headquarters. We agree Europe needs to do more ... but simply duplicating or undermining NATO is the wrong way to do it.
There are member states who would like to see…a single set of forces. That looks and sounds to me like a European army and we would oppose that.
They are part of our plan for stronger and better defense, backed by a budget that will rise each year of this decade. That means more ships, more aircraft, more troops available at readiness, better equipment for special forces, more being spent on cyber - to deal with the increased threats to our country.
Carter told us the troop numbers and the dispositions are being looked at again.
Britain will lead one of the battalions. London will send up to 700 troops to the Baltics and Poland. That should send a very strong signal of our determination to defend the Baltic states and Poland in the face of continued Russian aggression.
That's around 500 British personnel rotating on a continuous basis.
Much of the litigation we face comes from the extension of the European Convention on Human Rights to the battlefield. That has been damaging our troops, undermining military operations, and costing the taxpayer millions that should be invested in defence itself.
Well we can't be certain at the moment but it looks more likely than not that this was a bomb, placed aboard the airliner. ISIL claimed they did it, we have no corroboration of that, so it's impossible to be certain, but we have to take every precaution now given that there are so many British citizens out in Sharm el-Sheikh.
And when we've done that then we'll come to parliament as the prime minister did yesterday and explain the circumstances.
My visit here is to reaffirm UK support in Iraq and we will be taking measures to increase this support. We will assist in the training of Iraqi forces and bomb disposal teams.
We need a reaction today, to go after the criminal gangs, and to disrupt the trafficking network that means gathering much more intelligence on how these networks are organized and do more to help the countries where the migrants come from.
The Ukrainians are in desperate need of equipment and help and training of all kinds. They face a growing aggression in south and southeast but we are reviewing now what help we can provide.