Sir Hugh Robertson comments on UK airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq.
“Having spent the past year at the FCO dealing with Iraq, Syria and Islamic extremists first hand, I have no doubt that airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq are justified, particularly in view of the request for help delivered by the Iraqi Prime Minister at the UN. The barbaric behaviour of IS towards civilians in the region, particularly Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and, indeed, Western hostages has shocked everyone and must be stopped. Indeed, I fear that, in due course, we will have to pursue them in Syria as well, given the cross border nature of the threat.
“However, airstrikes alone will not solve the problem. There will need to be follow up on the ground, preferably by local forces, and a political solution in Baghdad brokered by the new government that encompasses all of the people of Iraq.”
Sir Hugh Robertson, the Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent and the former Olympics and Paralympics Minister, has announced his support for this week’s Invictus Games for Injured Servicemen due to take place in and around The Olympic Park from Wednesday until Sunday. Hugh served in the army for over a decade seeing active service in Northern Ireland, The Gulf War and Bosnia and spearheaded a drive during London 2012 to encourage more injured servicemen to participate in the Paralympics.
On the eve of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, it has been announced that Hugh Robertson, the Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent, has been knighted for his work as Olympics Minister during London 2012. The award was made following his decision to step down at the recent government reshuffle and also incorporates his work as Minister for the Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism.