Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government plans to take to minimise civilian casualties in air strikes on Iraq.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK seeks to avoid civilian casualties whilst undertaking air strikes against ISIL targets. All air strikes are conducted in accordance with Rules of Engagement and the law. Careful selection, approval and close observation of targets prior to a strike and the use of precision guided munitions, such as Brimstone and Paveway IV, minimises collateral damage and the potential for civilian casualties.

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