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Blair: Combat troops need to be considered to fight ISIS

Blair's period as leader came to be defined by unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that sending combat troops to fight Islamic State militants on the ground should not be ruled out.

Blair's period as leader came to be defined by unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but he said air strikes alone would not be enough.

He described the Islamic State organisation as "fanatical".

The Middle East Peace Envoy says air strikes can contain the Islamic State organisation but never destroy them and for that reason, combat troops should be considered.

Blair said the West had no appetite for a ground offensive, so it is a role local forces should take on.

America and France have launched air strikes while the British government says it hasn't ruled out joining in.

Blair said he remains confident that the West will do whatever is necessary to stamp out the Islamic State and claims the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had increased the capacity and capability of the West to defeat the organisation.