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Syria: Armed Conflict

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL965, tabled on 30 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what military or logistical assistance they plan to give the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units defending Kobani; and whether they now plan to join the United States in mounting aerial bombardment of Daesh military targets in Syria.

Answered on

9 July 2015

Whilst the UK has not given specific military or logistic assistance to the fighters of People's Protection Units in Kobane, the UK is a major contributor to the wider global coalition working to counter ISIL across Iraq and Syria, which has assisted the Kurdish force to liberate and defend the area.

Whilst UK intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft have been deployed over Syria, the Government has made it clear that it would seek further Parliamentary approval before UK aircraft conducted air strikes in Syria, unless there was a critical British interest at stake or a need to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.