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Iraqi Troops: Training - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:49 am on 21st April 2016.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 11:49 am, 21st April 2016

My Lords, I have no doubt whatever that the coalition will defeat Daesh militarily in Iraq—but what then? To defeat and destroy Daesh we have to get to its heartland, which is in Syria. Does the Minister agree that, to do that, we will have to talk to the loathsome Assad and deal with the Syrian army? That is the truth on the ground and we will not defeat Daesh militarily overall unless we do that.