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Iraq: Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 59880, tabled on 10 October 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the basis for drone strikes by the Royal Air Force in Iraq following the end of the Coalition forces’ combat mission in December 2021.

Answered on

18 October 2022

The basis for our continued air campaign is the mandate from Parliament and the consent of the Government of Iraq. In December 2021, the Global Coalition to Defeat Da'esh transitioned to an 'advise, assist, enable' mission. As part of this, the UK provides air support to the Iraqi Security Forces to secure the enduring defeat of Da'esh, which poses an ongoing threat in Iraq, Syria, and beyond.