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Britain offers to send more troops to Iraq

Britain is to send more troops to Iraq, bringing the number of UK personnel stationed there to 300.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon has offered to send 30 more troops to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Defence secretary Michael Fallon has offered to send 30 more troops to help train the Iraqi armed forces as it prepares for a new offensive against Islamic State.

They will provide training in logistics and bridge-building, and will include some specialist medical staff. The additional troops are expected to be deployed to training camps at Besmayah and Taji.

Now is the time to step up our training of Iraqi Forces, as they prepare for operations in key cities such as Fallujah and Mosul.

Along with the trebling of UK air strikes, this underlines the crucial role our armed forces are playing in the fight against Daesh.

– Defence secretary Michael Fallon

The defence secretary added the boost in numbers comes against the background of "solid progress" against Islamic State in recent months.