Syria: Military Aid

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13th December 2017.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of British troops participating in the Train and Equip programme for moderate Syrian opposition troops to the stability of Syria.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

No assessment has been made of the UK's participation in the US-led Train and Equip Programme. However, it is clear that with Coalition support (including RAF airstrikes on Daesh targets) local partner forces on the ground have made excellent progress in the campaign against Daesh, liberating towns and cities from their control. Similarly, in Iraq, as a direct result of UK participation in the training of over 60,000 Iraqi Security Forces, including the Kurdish Peshmerga, those forces have increased their capabilities enormously. Daesh has consequently lost more than 96 per cent of the territory they once held across Iraq and Syria.

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