Syria: Military Intervention

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Chris Williamson Chris Williamson Labour, Derby North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports that Turkey has trained and recruited former Islamic State militants to aid its operations in Afrin.

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

We are not aware of any specific reports that Turkey has trained and recruited former Islamic State militants to aid its operations in Afrin. However, affiliations and allegiances between opposition and extremist groups within Syria are known to be fluid and we would not discount the possibility that former members of Daesh have taken part in Turkish-led operations in Afrin.

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