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UK Military Operations in Mosul and Raqqa

10 May 2018

The Defence Committee holds an inquiry into UK Military Operations in Mosul and Raqqa.

Operation Shader

Since September 2014 the UK has been conducting military operations in Iraq, and later in Syria, against Daesh as part of an international coalition of 75 partners. The UK's contribution, under Operation Shader, includes air operations in both countries, with the RAF having conducted over 1,700 airstrikes, and the training of local forces in Iraq.

Battles for Mosul and Raqqa

The previous Defence Committee published a report on UK military operations in Syria and Iraq in September 2016. Since then Daesh has lost much of its territory, including the cities of Mosul and Raqqa, with the Coalition supporting local forces in the battles for the two cities.

Send a written submission

The Committee is examining the effectiveness of UK military actions in helping Iraqi and Syrian partner forces recapture Mosul and Raqqa from Daesh, particularly from UK air operations, and will address the following areas:

  • The contribution of UK military operations in Mosul and Raqqa to the UK's policy aims in Iraq and Syria
  • The challenges faced in conducting operations in those cities, including the effectiveness of working in partnership with Coalition and local forces and the measures used to avoid civilian casualties
  • The use and targeting of UK air operations and measures of success
  • The lessons learnt from operations in Mosul and Raqqa and how they are now being applied
  • The lasting effect of the operations in Mosul and Raqqa and what is still needed for long term success, including the tasks needed to enable civilians to return safely to these cities

Send a written submission to the inquiry on UK Military Operations in Mosul and Raqqa.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday 1 July 2018. 

Further information

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