Wednesday, November 25, 2015
How not to eradicate the Daesh
When the Lord Privy Seal Baroness Stowell of Beeston repeated the Prime Minister's statement in the Commons on the G20 and the Paris Attacks last week I asked her if as part of the comprehensive strategy for eliminating the Daesh in Syria the Government would supply armaments and logistics to the YPG (Official Report November 17 Col 58), her answer was:
"We are supporting the moderate opposition groups in the area so that they can combat ISIL and Assad, and we will continue to do that".
Patrick Cockburn writing in The Independent today [http://ind.pn/1IaN4jY] says that the moderate Syrian opposition to Assad 'barely exists'. The effective ground forces combatting the Daesh in Syria are the Syrian army and the Kurdish YPG, and we are risking failure by ignoring the greater contribution they could make to eradicating the terrorists so-called 'caliphate'