Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland have deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Shader.
Sergeant Kevin Conway explained their aims while out in the Middle East:
“The point of this is to provide first class training to the Kurdish and Peshmerga forces and that will involve things like basic soldiering, infantry skills, first aid training and a bit of bomb training.”
Visiting Glencorse Barracks earlier in the year, the former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon praised the contribution the troops would make to helping keep the UK safe and highlighted how the range of their recent and forthcoming deployments ‘spanned continents’ contributing to security ‘at home and abroad’.
Michael Fallon, said:
“The men and women of our Scottish-based Armed Forces perform a pivotal role in keeping the people of this country, and our allies, safe.
From Afghanistan to South Sudan to Cyprus as well as recent deployments in the UK, the strength and versatility of 2 SCOTS allows them to operate in varied roles that span continents and project UK influence across the globe.
The men and women who serve here today can be proud of the valuable contribution they make to our security both at home and abroad.”
2 SCOTS will be taking over from 4 SCOTS, who deployed in February 2017 for a six-month tour in Iraq.