SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – UK parliament’s Defence Committee Chairman, Rory Stewart said: “These are all areas in which the UK can assist, bringing in the best of UK international development expertise, intelligence, special forces, and diplomacy; all with an aim of decreasing the probability of an ongoing civil war, and increasing the chances of a political settlement, however distant these objectives may be.”
The Committee suggested involvement in such activities would only require the deployment of a few hundred service personnel troops and would not cost as much, nor be as risky as sending combat troops.
Stewart said it was necessary to acknowledge previous failures in Iraq and build upon these to reform the UK’s approach.
“That does not mean lurching to doing nothing,” he added. “The UK should find a way of engaging with Iraq which is moderate, pragmatic, but energetic. There are dozens of things the UK could be doing, without deploying combat troops, to work with coalition partners to help address one of the most extreme threats that we have faced in the last 20 years.”