October 1 2014 Latest news:
Sam Blewett, Reporter
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has called for the UK to take part in “immediate targeted air strikes” in Iraq to prevent the “indiscriminate massacre” of Christian and Yazidi people.
RAF Tornado jets are being sent to the war-torn nation for possible use in aid operations but Mr Rosindell believes force must be used against Islamic State (IS) fighters.
IS has seized territories in Iraq and Syria in the past months and reports continue of murders of Iraqi minority religious groups.
The Yazidi minority group have been particularly targeted and thousands are trapped in the Sinjar mountains without food and water, it has been reported.
Havering’s Labour leader Cllr Keith Darvill acknowledged “major atrocities” in Iraq but warned that air strikes could make the Iraq situation more dangerous.
“This is the fallout from the Iraq war in 2003 and Afghanistan. Some people would argue those intentions have created a more difficult situation,” he said.
He added that Britain’s role should only go so far as providing humanitarian aid to people fleeing from IS.
But Mr Rosindell said Britain should collaborate with the US in air strikes.
He said: “The atrocities that we can see being committed by Islamic State militants in Northern Iraq are indefensible tragedies of the most extreme proportions.
“The indiscriminate massacre of the Christian and the Yazidi people - men, women and children alike - on this horrific scale, has no place in the modern world and should be confronted with steadfast resistance.
“Britain has unique military capabilities and it is only right that these should be extended to preserve the lives of innocent civilians. We simply cannot, and should not, stand idly by and witness the unlawful and thoughtless slaughter of families in their homes, on the streets and in the mountains. It is unthinkable that anybody alive today should be forced to choose between starvation or execution.
“It is vital that support is offered wherever possible and that we act within our means to defend innocent civilians against the brutal extremism of Islamic State. These severe acts of terrorism must be met with robust force and be universally condemned.”
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