Former Labour Cabinet and Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain has backed action by the British military to prevent Islamic State genocide against Iraq minorities and protect the Kurds.
Mr Hain, who last year helped lead parliamentary opposition to British military strikes in Syria said:
“The genocidal attacks by Islamic State are in the same category as Kosovo 1999 and Sierra Leone 2000. Quite different to being propelled into the quagmire of a Syrian civil war.”
“Although I do not support British soldiers fighting on the ground, we have to do everything else we can to provide the Kurds with the equipment they need to repel attacks and to stop ISIS and its medieval barbarism.”
“I believe the British public will support such an essentially humanitarian mission and if the Prime Minister consults other Party leaders there will be no need to recall Parliament. We need urgent commonsense action not Parliamentary grandstanding.”