Fallon: Hundreds of British troops going back to Iraq

British defence secretary announces troop deployment to tackle the Islamic State threat next month

by the commentator on 13 December 2014 15:08

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Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon has revealed plans for new British mission to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces for the fight against Islamic State (IS).

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Fallon said, “Our role now, apart from the air strikes, is increasingly going to be on training.” This is understood to include dealing with car and truck bombs, roadside devices, as well as basic infantry skills.

“We have not finalised numbers yet - obviously we have got a lot of kit back from Afghanistan that we can make available - but we are talking very low hundreds,” he added.

Britain joined US-led air strikes earlier this year after the Commons voted in favour of raids on Islamic State targets in Iraq.

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