MP sets the record straight on Isis comments

Date: Monday 13th November 2017

Sir, Thank you to Mr. McVicar for his letter and comments (Herald, 4th November). My belief is that combatants should be treated in accordance with the law.

I have only remarked that Isis — which I know a certain amount about — is a death cult whose members generally fight to the death, meaning that in Raqqa, in the midst of a firefight, the only option in many cases is for them to be killed.

Clearly if they surrender they should be treated humanely and legally.

Mr. McVicar perhaps knows less about me, my career or my beliefs, than his comments suggest. I know something about the region and something about Isis but I support neither capital punishment nor extra-judicial killing. Yours etc,

RORY STEWART

(Member of Parliament for Penrith and the Border)

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