Britain is doubling its deployment of troops to Iraq, says Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon, citing fight on Daesh terrorists.
The additional 250 troops will put the total number of the British military at more than 500, Fallon told reporters on Wednesday in his first visit to the US since the forming of the new British government, AFP reported.
“We will be sending an additional 250 troops into the theater over the next few weeks,” Fallon said. “Other countries are being asked to look for their contribution to see what more they can do.”
Fallon was in the United States to take part at a meeting of the so-called Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
According to the British government’s official website, British forces “have helped train 19,000 Iraqi troops to tackle Daesh.”
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh terrorists began a campaign of terror in the country in June 2014.