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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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Fallon: UK to send more troops to help fight IS

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

More British military personnel will return to Iraq to help train security forces. Credit: Reuters

Mr Fallon said advisers will be placed in training centres across the country, as he announced an expansion of UK involvement after a small team was sent to the northern city of Erbil last month.

Forces will offer further training to Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, including skills such as sharp-shooting and first aid.

But the Ministry of Defence insisted the move would not lead to the deployment of combat troops.

“It is right that we do more to help Iraqi forces take the fight to ISIL on the ground which is why the UK is offering the further training, support and assistance," Mr Fallon said.

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