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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest assessment is of (a) the movement of (i) terrorists and (ii) weapons across the Iran-Iraq border and (b) the impact of such movements on the security situation in Iraq. (91294)

We continuously monitor and assess the security situation on the Iran/Iraq border. We assess that there is some movement of terrorists and weapons across the border and that this contributes to the violence and instability in Iraq.

We continue to press Iran to cut its links with armed groups and to do more to improve border security and fight terrorism.

There can be no justification for any country encouraging violence against our forces in Iraq, who are there at the request of the democratically elected Iraqi Government under a UN mandate.