UK to send a 'small team' to Baghdad embassy

Defence secretary Philip Hammond has said that the UK will be "putting a small team" in the British Baghdad embassy, to increase awareness and help plan for possible emergency situations.

Mr Hammond also said that the British government will only give "technical advice" to Iraq at this stage, which will be delivered through either military or civilian methods.

The statement comes after increased sectarian violence in the north of Iraq by Islamic militants.

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