“Leicester-based Muslim group condemns Islamic State, as RAF war planes begin first combat mission against militants”
(Courtesy of Leicester Mercury)
“A Leicester-based Muslim organisation has reaffirmed its opposition to Islamic State following the UK’s decision to participate in air strikes in Iraq.
Parliament yesterday Parliament voted to endorse attacks on the militants in Iraq in support of the United States-led coalition, with Labour backing the Government motion.
In a statement issued this morning, the Federation of Muslim Organisations condemned Islamic State as a “barbaric outfit”.
The statement read: “In light of the vote in Parliament sanctioning the UK to join international partners in participating in air strikes in Iraq, the Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) today reaffirmed their opposition to the self styled ‘Islamic State’ organisation which has caused murder and mayhem against populations across the Middle East.
“This barbaric outfit which has killed many Christians, Muslims, Yazidis, other minorities as well as taking hostages, espouses a vision of the world which promotes conflict, disharmony and chaos against humanity. We agree that measures must be taken against ISIL but implore that all political and diplomatic solutions are exhausted.
“The FMO stresses that we take lessons from recent history and request all parties working in the region, including our own government, to work with the international community to help bring about a just and lasting peace. We are absolutely of the opinion that every human life is sacred and any actions must not contribute towards creating more fractured families, communities and societies in the region. There has already been far too much blood shed in the region for far too long.
“The FMO urges our government to ensure that no actions jeopardise the flow of humanitarian aid which is desperately needed. Both Iraq and Syria have witnessed a humanitarian crisis not seen for a generation. The people of Iraq and Syria deserve peace after years of enduring hardship and turmoil.”
Today RAF warplanes began their first combat mission against the militants.
Two Tornado GR4 bombers supported by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling aircraft were reported to have taken off from RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus at 8.30am BST.
The Ministry of Defence said in a statement: “We can confirm that, following parliamentary approval given yesterday, RAF Tornados continue to fly over Iraq and are now ready to be used in an attack role as and when appropriate targets are identified.
“For operational security reasons we will not be providing a running commentary on movements; we will provide an update on activity when it is appropriate to do so.” “