At a meeting in the House of Commons today Sammy Wilson MP for East Antrim met along with other MPs from a variety of parties to discuss the battle for the liberation of Mosul with the Iraqi Ambassador to the UK.
Mr Wilson said that the conduct of the battle and its aftermath was of immense interest to people living in the UK. First of all there was the horror of what ISIS had done and were doing to minorities in Mosul especially the Christian population with recent reports of mass crucifixtions especially as the terrorists saw there reign of terror ending.
Secondly there was the real danger of the terrorists mingling with the refugees fleeing the city and making their way into camps and onwards towards the UK. The Ambassador gave assurances that refugees especially young males were being closely monitored. Out of 50,000 who had fled, 2500 had been held for questioning and the refugees themselves were helping to identify terrorist suspects.
Thirdly there was the danger of ISIS terrorists fleeing Mosul and heading towards Syria to help the rebel forces there. Sammy Wilson asked if there was any cooperation with the UK government and others who were giving air support to target these fleeing terrorists.
Lastly he pointed out that the former leader of the Moslem community in N.I. had welcomed the ISIS takeover of Mosul praising them for bringing “order” to the city. He asked if this was a sentiment widely shared by sections of the population of the city and if it were what was the likelihood of violence against those who had supported this bloody regime of terror and what plans did the Iraqi government have to prevent internal disorder and acts of revenge which could only destabilise the city making it vulnerable again to terrorism.
He wished the Ambassador and his government well in the difficult task they faced in bringing peace to a country which has paid a terrible price for the removal of the Saddam Hussein regime.