Cameron criticises use of 'Islamic State' term by BBC

British Prime Minister David Cameron criticises the use of ‘Islamic State’ term by BBC regarding responsibility of brutal attack carried out in Tunisia which claimed lives of at least 30 British citizens

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron criticised BBC on Monday for using the term ‘’Islamic State’’ referring to ISIS.

Cameron spoke to BBC Radio 4 saying that he preferred to use the terms ‘’so-called’’ or ‘’ISIL’’ (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

"I wish the BBC would stop calling it 'Islamic State' because it is not an Islamic state,"  he said during an interview, three days after the brutal attack which killed at least 30 British citizens at a popular resort in the Tunisian city of Sousse last Friday.

"What it is is an appalling barbarous regime that is a perversion of the religion of Islam and many Muslims will recoil every time they hear the words," the prime minister added.

"The fight against the barbaric terrorist organization [is] the struggle of our generation," he said pointing out the importance of fighting against ISIS

Cameron also said: "We have to fight it with everything we can," adding that the strategy was to build local armies to fight against the militants.

ISIS, which controls a large swath of territory from eastern Syria to western Iraq, claimed the responsibility for Friday’s attack in a statement posted on a Twitter account.

Tunisia has been on high alert since March when militant gunmen attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing a group of foreign tourists in one of the worst attacks in a decade in the North African country.

TRTWorld and agencies