No-bombing Zone in Syria

Thank you for contacting me about establishing a no-bombing zone in Syria.
 
ISIL is a terrorist organisation unlike those we have dealt with before. Their brutality is staggering: beheadings, crucifixions, using rape as a weapon and the slaughter of children. All these things belong to the dark ages, but it is not just the brutality; it is backed by billions of dollars and has captured an arsenal of the most modern weapons. As such, I firmly believe that the UK must play its part in destroying these evil extremists and support our Muslim friends around the world as they reclaim their religion.
 
Almost 90 per cent of the civilian deaths are a result of the Assad regime's indiscriminate bombing, its shelling of urban areas, its siege tactics and its use of chemical and toxic substances. This instability has fuelled a migration crisis that affects neighbouring countries, the wider region and Europe as well.
 
The Government has been considering the issue in detail and is looking at all options along with our allies to protect civilians in Syria. There has been talk of safe or protected zones, and no-fly zones, but the implementation of genuinely safe zones is difficult and must be accompanied by an international mandate that would provide the will, the authority and the full means to ensure that they have a chance of being effective. It would also involve significant military commitment.
 
The UK is meeting the commitment to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence and 0.7 per cent of GNI official development assistance commitment. With a long history in the Middle East, we have the ability and desire to do more to assist in this terrible conflict, but we seek consensus over how we might do that.
 
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.