Iraq: Islamic State

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 31 October 2016.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has held with (a) the Iraqi government and (b) other governments in that region on blocking the route between Mosul and the Syrian border which Daesh forces could use to escape Mosul.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Secretary of State for Defence has met his Iraqi counterpart and Coalition partners, and has discussed the operations to defeat Daesh. The Iraqi-led operation to recapture Mosul is a vital part of the overall campaign against Daesh in the region. Coalition partners are aware of the importance of a comprehensive operation that will take all action necessary to degrade and defeat Daesh.

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