UK military chief confirms Iraq troop deployment
UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed reports that hundreds more British soldiers will be deployed to Iraq next month, raising fears of “mission creep.”
Fallon announced an additional deployment of British combat-ready forces numbering “in the low hundreds” in what he claimed to be a bid to “train” Iraqi forces in their battle against the Takfiri ISIL terrorists, who continue to occupy swathes of land in Iraq as well as northern Syria, UK-based daily Guardian reported Sunday.
“Our role now, apart from the air strikes, is increasingly going to be on training. In particular, it will mean dealing with car and truck bombs and roadside devices, as well as basic infantry skills,” Fallon said, as quoted in the daily.
According to the report the British military chief further stated that the troop deployment would likely include a small contingent of combat-ready UK soldiers at four US-led “safe” centers, one in Kurdistan and three near the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
The development comes as Chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey revealed last month that Washington is vigorously contemplating the direct use of American troops against the ISIL in Iraq, following President Barack Obama’s doubling of troop levels in the war-ravaged Arab country.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Shadow Defense Secretary Vernon Coaker demanded that “the government should provide clarity about the scale, scope and timeframe of the deployment of these further trainers.”
Source : PressTV
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