UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon has ordered the deployment of another 250 soldiers to Iraq in order to bolster efforts against the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group, nearly doubling Britain’s troop level in the Arab country.
The new cadre of forces will head to the al-Asad Airbase in Western Iraq and will include 50 trainers, 90 soldiers to protect the base and 30 to set up a headquarters.
About 80 engineers will also be sent on a 6-month mission to work on the infrastructure there.
Fallon made the announcement in a written statement to the parliament on Thursday, saying the move would add to Britain’s “significant contribution” to the US-led military campaign.
There are currently some 300 British military personnel stationed in Iraq, who are reportedly tasked with training local forces.
The UK has also been conducting air raids against alleged positions of Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria, as part of the US-led military campaign that…