House of Lords written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they and their allies are taking to protect the Kurds of northern Syria from destruction by terrorist forces; and in particular, what is being done to prevent Kobane being taken by ISIL.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The situation in Kobane is deeply worrying. As the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend Mr Cameron, set out in an oral statement to Parliament on 26 September, Official Report, column 1255, the UK will tackle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) using all the resources at our disposal. These include humanitarian efforts, which Britain is already leading, aimed at helping those displaced by ISIL’s onslaught, and diplomatic efforts to engage the widest possible coalition of countries. There is now a coalition of over forty countries including a number of Arab countries. We support the air strikes being conducted by the US and the five Arab nations against ISIL in Syria.

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