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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1077, tabled on 14 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about attacks by ISIS on the Kurdish area of Kobane in the northern Iraq, its access via Turkey and the availability of medical treatment there for wounded fighters; and whether they are making representations to the government of Turkey about the matter.

Answered on

30 July 2014

We are aware of reports of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (aka the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-ISIS) attacks on Kurdish forces in Kobane in Northern Syria. These unconfirmed reports suggest that the attacks began on 7 July, and that ISIL have employed heavy weapons seized from Iraqi Security Forces.

Representatives of the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) in Syria have claimed that ISIL forces are travelling through Turkey and receiving medical treatment there, though we have not been able to independently corroborate

The UK has regular discussions with the Government of Turkey on a range of Syria related issues, including preventing foreign fighters from using Turkey as a transit route to Syria and Iraq.