Iraq

John Baron MP secures Urgent Question on IS strategy

September 12, 2014
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MP questions FCO Minister This morning John Baron MP secured an Urgent Question on the Government’s strategy against Islamic State (IS). The Minister for Europe, Rt Hon David Lidington MP, responded for the Government. This follows discrepancies between the Foreign Secretary and Number 10 regarding Government strategy on IS in the wake of President...
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John Baron MP presses Government for statement on President Obama’s IS policy

September 11, 2014
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MP says Parliament should be updated Overnight, President Obama set out US policy against the Islamic State (IS). This morning in the House of Commons, during Business Questions, John Baron MP asked the Leader of the House, Rt Hon William Hague MP, whether there would be a statement tomorrow to update Parliament on the...
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John Baron MP cautions against Obama IS strategy in Syria

September 11, 2014
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MP highlights dangers of Syrian intervention The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has outlined the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State (IS). This will see air strikes against IS targets, both in Iraq and in Syria; increased support for ground forces fighting IS (with the exception of al-Assad’s forces); increased counter-terrorist...
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John Baron MP cautions against IS mission creep into Syria

September 4, 2014
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MP says Syrian strikes are ill-advised As the Government considers its response to the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS), there is speculation that the Prime Minister will soon announce plans for military strikes against the extremists, in concert with Western and regional allies. These would take place in Northern Iraq, but may...
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John Baron MP cautions against mission creep in Iraq

August 22, 2014
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MP says Iraqi Army is ‘elephant in the room’ John Baron MP has cautioned against mission creep by the West in Iraq. He has called for more urgent action to get the Iraqi Army ‘fit for purpose’, and support from Gulf allies if necessary. John said, “Talk of further military involvement by the West...
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John Baron MP supports US air strikes against ISIS

August 11, 2014
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MP says little need to recall Parliament Responding to recent events in northern Iraq, John Baron MP said, “The situation in northern Iraq is desperate and harrowing. The Government is right to focus on humanitarian support to alleviate the suffering amongst displaced and harried communities. Given our recent, if misguided, involvement in Iraq, we...
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John Baron MP: Tony Blair – Old habits die hard

June 16, 2014
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MP says Iraq situation can be traced to invasion John Baron MP has responded to Tony Blair’s comments over the weekend that the present situation in Iraq has in large part been caused by the West’s refusal to intervene in Syria. John said, “Old habits die hard. We went to war in Iraq on...
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John Baron MP: Iraq highlights dangers of intervention

June 12, 2014
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MP also points to Libya and Afghanistan Following the news from northern Iraq, John Baron MP warns of the dangers of intervention. John resigned from the shadow Front Bench to vote against the Iraq war in 2003, and was the only Conservative to vote against both Afghanistan and Libya. John said, “One of the...
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John Baron MP highlights lessons during 10th anniversary Parliamentary Debate on Iraq

June 13, 2013
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MP says Iraq still casts a long shadow   Today in the House of Commons there was a Debate marking the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War. John Baron MP used the opportunity to highlight key lessons that can be taken from that period and which are still relevant today. John said: “Although we...
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