British ground will ‘train further forward and provide increased force protection’ in and around coalition bases.
According to a press release, 2 Rifles, currently based at Al Asad providing infantry, counter-IED, engineering and combat medical training to the Iraqi Security Forces, will now patrol outside the base perimeter.
The MoD also say that UK is also deploying a further team of British military medical personnel to Al Asad and will extend the deployment of British engineers at the base by six months.
Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, said:
“The fight against Daesh’s reign of terror is not over and as the nature of the Coalition campaign changes, the role we play must adapt too. By training Iraq forces we are helping with the long-term stability of the country and our own security here at home.”
The campaign to defeat Islamic State in Iraq has entered its final phase following the liberation of Mosul, Hawija and the Ninewah Province from its barbaric rule. Iraqi Security Forces are now advancing across Anbar Province, clearing Islamic State positions in the Euphrates River Valley.
Medical support to operations is a top priority for the Coalition. Learning from previous operations, such as the trauma care developed at Camp Bastion’s hospital, the UK medical personnel will ensure Coalition forces receive the ‘highest standard of treatment if required’ say the Government.
Over 600 British soldiers are on the ground in Iraq, according to officials. UK troops have so far helped train over 58,000 Iraqi Security Forces in counter-IED, engineering and combat medical skills.
In addition to personnel on the ground in Iraq, RAF aircraft have carried out over 1,600 strikes against Islamic State.