UK troops to train Syrian opposition groups to combat ISIS

26 October 2016 (Last Updated October 26th, 2016 18:30)

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced the deployment of troops to train Syrian opposition groups as they continue the fight against ISIS.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced the deployment of troops to train Syrian opposition groups as they continue the fight against ISIS.

According to Fallon, up to 20 British personnel will be deployed to various locations in Syria.

The troops are expected to provide training in basic infantry tactics and command and control, as well as explosive hazard awareness training (EHAT) and medical guidance.

Fallon said: “ISIS are on the back foot. The RAF is already playing a leading role in the air, hitting them hard in Iraq and Syria.

"Now we’re stepping up our support by training moderate opposition forces outside Syria in the skills they need to defeat ISIS."

“Now we’re stepping up our support by training moderate opposition forces outside Syria in the skills they need to defeat ISIS.”

The latest deployment comes in response to a request from the US to provide support for their training programme, which restarted in July 2016.

The US programme identifies and trains moderate Syrian opposition forces in Turkey and other allied states, before they return to Syria to fight ISIS.

Volunteers from the moderate opposition will be subject to strict vetting procedures and receive training in International Humanitarian Law, according to Fallon.

Trainees will undergo medical screening and be monitored and assessed during the training.


Image: UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Photo: courtesy of UK Government.