UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that operations to liberate Mosul, Iraq, from terrorist group ISIS will commence soon.
Fallon said: “Iraqi forces, supported by Britain and the Coalition, have made strong progress in the fight against ISIS. We’re keeping up the momentum with operations to liberate western Mosul due to start shortly.
“This will be a more complex fight in a densely populated urban environment. Britain will continue playing its part providing precision strikes, vital intelligence, and training Iraqi forces to deal with explosive devices planted by ISIS.”
British troops have already helped Iraqi forces to liberate eastern Mosul from ISIS, by providing sustained close air support.
The UK Royal Air Force had also deployed a Reaper aircraft to deliver precision attacks on ISIS extremists engaged in street fighting.
The aircraft's advanced sensors were used to alert Iraqi ground forces of civilian presence.
So far, UK personnel have trained almost 40,000 Iraqi troops in procedures for countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
From July 2017, the UK plans to send a military officer to help lead Nato’s newly established training mission in Iraq, Fallon stated.
The country has already contributed £1m to help establish Nato’s presence in Baghdad, as well as provide expert advice to the Iraqi Government on defence issues.