How many Iraqi and Syrian military personals joined Daesh: Ask Lord Ahmed

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(London Post – PR)      : – Question of presence of former Syrian and Iraqi military and civilian officials in Daesh raised in the British House of Lords. The outspoken member of British House Lords asked the British Government to provide a risk assessment on Daesh and ISIL.

In the context of the Russian military build-up in Syria and Presidential orders by Vladimir Putin of Russia that if west attacks Syria Russia to attack Saudi Arabia Lord Ahmed asked the British Government of any peace efforts on the table or back channel diplomacy going on. He also asked about the number of total and civilian deaths by British drone strikes on Raqqa on 21st August 2015.

Here are the questions raised by Lord Ahmed and answered by the British Government:

Question: from Lord Ahmed
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the number of people serving or training with Daesh in Syria and Iraq who were formerly soldiers or civil servants under Saddam Hussein. (HL2086)

Tabled on: 08 September 2015
Answer: Baroness Anelay of St Johns:
We have made no such assessment. However, a number of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s senior leadership are assessed to be Iraqis who served within Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Question: from Lord Ahmed
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have supported any peace or reconciliation efforts in Syria and Iraq. (HL2085)
Answer: Baroness Anelay of St Johns:
The UK strongly supports international and local efforts to seek a comprehensive political settlement in Syria, in particular the political process being taken forward by UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura. The UK is funding discussions between non-state actors representing key interest groups to encourage a Syrian national dialogue, as well as local level peace-building projects to mediate and mitigate local conflicts and to strengthen cohesion and moderate voices in these communities. The UK fully supports Prime Minister Abadi’s work to deliver the reforms and political reconciliation needed to persuade all of Iraq’s communities – Shias, Sunnis and Kurds – that they have a stake in Iraq’s future. In 2015/16 we will provide funding for a number of projects in Iraq designed to support community cohesion and encourage reconciliation, acceptance and tolerance between communities at a grass roots level. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also deployed or reassigned 20 officers to help better understand and support the political process in Iraq, including efforts to reach out to members of the Sunni community.

Question: from Lord Ahmed
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any civilians were killed in the drone strike on Raqqa on 21 August. (HL2083)
Answer: Earl Howe:
My right hon. Friend The Prime Minister confirmed in his statement to the House on 7 September that there were no civilian casualties resulting from the precision air strike in Raqqa on 21 August 2015.
Earl Howe, the Ministry of Defence, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL2082):

Question: from Lord Ahmed
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were killed during the drone strike on Raqqa on 21 August. (HL2082)
Answer: Earl Howe:
As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced to the House on 7 September, Reyaad Khan was killed in a precision air strike carried out in Raqqa on 21 August by an RAF remotely piloted air system. In addition to Reyaad Khan, two ISIL fighters were also killed.
Earl Howe, the Ministry of Defence, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL2084):

Question: from Lord Ahmed
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of collateral damage from air strikes and drone strikes in the civilian areas in Syria and Iraq. (HL2084)
Answer: Earl Howe:
As far as we are aware, there have not been any civilian casualties resulting from UK strikes against ISIL.
Question:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the state of the latest humanitarian truce in Yemen, in the light of the airstrikes by the Arab states coalition led by Saudi Arabia. (HL2255)
Answer: Baroness Verma:
The UK fully supports the UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Yemen to ensure life-saving assistance can reach all populations in need.
During the humanitarian pause in Yemen from 12 to 17 May 2015, according to the UN, humanitarian partners were able to deliver: a month’s worth of food to more than 400,000 people; access to safe water for 1.2 million people; emergency shelter and medical supplies for more than 400,000 patients; and nutritional supplies to treat almost 35,000 malnourished children.

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