Vernon Coaker on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Iraq

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, commenting on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Iraq, said:

“Britain’s role in providing assistance to support the humanitarian relief effort in Iraq has made a crucial difference, and I commend the work of our Armed Forces, working alongside our allies, to deliver that aid mission.

“ISIL pose a threat not only to innocent Iraqi civilians, but also to the stability and security of the Middle East and beyond. The government was right to take steps, along with allies, to avert humanitarian disaster and offer technical and logistical support to the Kurdish Forces on the front line.

“The role being played by UK Armed Forces in Iraq‎ ‎must be on the basis of a clear strategy and the Government needs to focus on setting that out, including a role for regional partners and the wider international community.”