Quentin Sommerville

Quentin Sommerville


BBC Middle East Correspondent

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France, Australia, the United States and others have already repatriated children from Syria. Britain has not. As the situation in #Syria  becomes increasingly volatile and western forces leave, it’s getting more dangerous. Time is running out for the kids.

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Turkish forces have advanced, British and American troops have withdrawn and the Regime has expanded its presence. NGOs have pulled out. Saving British and other foreign kids under these circumstances gets harder every day. Pic: @gabriel_chaim 

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Most of the children are still with their mothers, some of those I’ve spoken to say they won’t allow their children to be taken from them. The UK has stripped many of the women of their citizenship depriving them of a right to return.

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From Ain Issa, there are 24 orphans in desperate need. One kid is just six months old, others are barely toddlers. Now isn’t the time to pick and choose. One last humanitarian mission by @CJTFOIR  ?

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We’ve been told that helicopters picked up people from Al Hawl camp yesterday. But Britain does not appear to be considering a military option to remove the kids from an increasingly dangerous military situation. @BWallaceMP 

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From @savechildrenuk  after UK parliament debate on #Syria  orphans:”The Government is clearly listening but seems to be taking small steps in the right direction when it needs to be making big strides. These children need to be brought to safety now, not next week or next month.”

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The children no-one wants. The families of Islamic State Group at Al Hol camp, Syria.

It’s true we do sleep on the job. Our work is a bit taxing at times. doesn’t do lazy journalism. How about you?

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Drive around Raqqa for hours and all you will see is destruction. Here'a s two minute sample, without commentary. The pictures say enough.

Even in defeat, IS supporters remain unrepentant #Baghouz 

She goes on to describe - this girl of just ten years old - babies dying in her arms. Leaving aside nationalityfor a moment - this is a disgrace. There are kids in the camp who’ve been through the worst trauma imaginable and we aren’t giving them sanctuary?

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i see the British Army has withdrawn from Drone Wars at Gatwick Airport. Here are some lessons on fighting drones, from the Iraqi army. Or, Why Shooting Down Drones is a Bad Idea.

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