Britain is set to send more troops to Iraq with the purported aim of fighting Daesh terrorists, who have already lost their major bastions in the Arab state in the face of successful Iraqi army operations.
“We are stepping up our contribution to the fight against Daesh and fulfilling Britain’s role as a key player in the global coalition,” British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Thursday.
The contingent of 44 “expert troops” is to be deployed for six months at the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s western Anbar Province to purportedly build infrastructure, including accommodation and offices.
“These extra troops will help support operations to bring the defeat of Daesh a step closer,” said the UK defense chief.
This brings the number of British troops at the airbase to more than 300 and the total in Iraq to around 600. The Ain al-Asad airbase also houses hundreds of US advisers as well as Iraqi and Danish troops.