UK to provide further training to support counter-ISIS mission in Iraq

4 May 2016 (Last Updated May 4th, 2016 18:30)

The UK is contemplating plans to extend its support for Iraqi ground forces in the fight against ISIS.

The UK is contemplating plans to extend its support for Iraqi ground forces in the fight against ISIS.

The move follows the recent deployment of medical staff and additional personnel to provide training in areas, such as bridge-building.

The UK Ministry of Defence will consider providing a further training and advisory package, which would include sniper and heavy machine-gun ammunition.

More than 50t of non-lethal equipment, nearly 500,000 rounds of ammunition, and 1,000 counter-improvised explosive device (c-IED) Vallon detectors have already been supplied by the British Government.

"Now is the time to build on recent success and we are looking hard at what more we can offer as Iraqi combat operations intensify."

It has also delivered more than 300t of weapons and equipment on behalf of other nations.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "Make no mistake - Iraqi forces have Daesh on the back foot and are retaking territory, hitting its finances and striking its leadership.

"Now is the time to build on recent success and we are looking hard at what more we can offer as Iraqi combat operations intensify."

Additional ammunition worth £1m will be provided to Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers fighting ISIS.

British military personnel have trained more than 3,400 Peshmerga troops.

Fallon further added: "As Daesh is hit hard in Iraq and Syria, it is seeking to spread to North Africa, the Arabian peninsula, the Caucuses, South East Asia and beyond.

"To counter this threat and protect our streets means working more closely together to tackle its franchise, wherever it appears."