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10 JAN 2017

Question on reconstruction of Mosul

Today, I asked the Minister to tell me what Britain is doing to ensure that the lessons of the past are learnt, and that proper stabilisation and reconstruction planning is in place for Mosul once that city is liberated? 

Mr Ellwood agreed with me and said that we did not learn the lessons, or the lessons were not learnt, in 2013 when there was a failure to listen to the moderate Sunni voices and that is what allowed Daesh to develop.  He said that extremism is flourishing across north-east Africa and, indeed, the middle east, and will do so unless we engage with those moderates to ensure that they are brought to the table; that is why planning in places such as Mosul and Aleppo needs to be done at once, before the guns fall silent.

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