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Iraq: Islamic State

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL446, tabled on 20 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following attacks by Islamic State in the last month, what assessment they have made of the security situation in (1) the Kirkuk Governorate, and (2) Iraq’s disputed territories; and what support to counter such terrorism is being offered to (a) the government of Iraq, and (b) the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Answered on

7 June 2021

The recent attacks in Kirkuk Governorate demonstrated that Daesh still remains active and represents a continuing threat to the safety and security of the people of Iraq and the wider region, particularly in the disputed territories such as Kirkuk. We work closely with the UN and international partners to encourage the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to resolve their issues, including on disputed territories.

As a leading member of the Global Coalition against Daesh, the UK continues to support the Iraqi and Iraqi Kurdish Security Forces in maintaining capacity and capability to tackle the threat from Daesh.