UK MoD to provide further training to support counter-ISIS mission in Tunisia

27 June 2016 (Last Updated June 27th, 2016 18:30)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its military support to help Tunisian forces in their fight against terrorist group, ISIS.

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its military support to help Tunisian forces in their fight against terrorist group, ISIS.

The announcement follows the deployment of UK troops earlier this year to provide training to counter illegal cross-border movement in Tunisia.

A team of counter-improvised explosive device (IED) and training specialists deployed to Tunisia last March will continue to provide training at the explosive ordnance device (EOD) school in Tunisia.

The extended support will help transform the EOD school into a specialist centre offering 14 different courses.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "This support will help our ally Tunisia to protect innocent civilians from terrorism. It underlines our determination to defeat Daesh and our commitment to security in the region."

"This support will help our ally Tunisia to protect innocent civilians from terrorism."

British personnel will help the Tunisian Security Forces reach international standards of capability and achieve self-sufficiency in training, MoD said in a statement.

The UK will also provide three specialist training courses to the Tunisia National Guard Commando to help them tackle internal and external threats.

The month-long training includes medical training, small boat handling and security operations training.

A cadre of instructors will also be created to further cascade training within the National Guard.

Last year, a terror attack in city of Sousse in Tunisia killed 38 people, including 30 Britons.


Image: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announces extension of UK military support to counter-IED training in Tunisia. Photo: Courtesy of UK Government.