Islamic State

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of Islamic State operating in Lebanon.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent the spread of Islamic State into Lebanon.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We make regular assessments of the threat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to Lebanon. Through the UK’s Land Border project, we have supported the Lebanese armed forces reassert state authority in the border regions and minimise violent contagion from Syria. This project has used UK funding to construct 12 protected border observation posts, and provided eight mobile observation platforms, personnel protection equipment, Land Rovers, radios and training. As a result of UK assistance, the Lebanese have an effective presence along 140 km of the north-east border with Syria.

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