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UK troops head to Iraq to aid fight against IS

The UK will send more military personnel to Iraq to help train forces to fight Islamic State, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed.

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Britain 'stepping up' military presence in Iraq

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain is "stepping up" its military presence in Iraq, after announcing the deployment of extra military advisers to help train forces in the fight against Islamic State.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Credit: Reuters

"We are going to be stepping up our training effort," Mr Fallon told the BBC.

"I can't give you precise numbers. I'm here to evaluate training needs and there are areas of expertise, particularly in counter-IED, roadside car bombs, where we can help from our experience in Afghanistan.

"So we will be putting in more training people to help at the training centres across the country, not just in the Kurdish areas."

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