UK to send more army trainers to Iraq to help fight Islamic State

By REUTERS
November 5, 2014 16:09

BAGHDAD - Britain will boost the number of its army trainers in Iraq in the coming weeks to support the Iraqi armed forces' battle against Islamic State militants, the British defense secretary said on a visit to Baghdad on Wednesday.

Britain said last month it had deployed a team of trainers to Iraq to help Kurdish peshmerga fighters maintain and use heavy machine guns against the ultra radical militants which have taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Britain also participated in US-led air strikes against Islamic State, which beheaded 47-year-old British aid worker Alan Henning in October.


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