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Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th November 2017.

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Photo of Clive Lewis Clive Lewis Labour, Norwich South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to determine whether British-born ISIS combatants have surrendered following the fall of Mosul and Raqqa.

Photo of Clive Lewis Clive Lewis Labour, Norwich South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to determine whether any British-born ISIS combatants have surrendered as a result of the fall of Mosul and Raqqa.

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

The surrender of Daesh fighters in Iraq and Syria - no matter what their nationality - is a matter for local Iraqi Forces or Syrian Democratic Forces operating on the ground. If a British national is detained in Iraq, we would expect to be notified by the Iraqi authorities. The UK has no diplomatic representation in Syria and all consular services are suspended. As a result, we are unable to confirm the status of British nationals in Syria.

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