UK to provide training for Tunisian forces

17 October 2016 (Last Updated October 17th, 2016 18:30)

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that British troops will train Tunisian forces to counter ISIS.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that British troops will train Tunisian forces to counter ISIS.

A short-term training team comprising nearly 40 military personnel was sent to help Tunisia counter illegal cross-border movement, particularly from neighbouring Libya.

Soldiers from the UK will provide training on operational planning, intelligence and surveillance and mobile patrolling.

The 4th Infantry Brigade-led training programme includes both theoretical and practical exercises that will help the Tunisians to guard their borders.

Fallon said: “We are determined to support our Tunisian allies to defend against Daesh terrorists who slaughtered innocent Britons on a beach there last year.

“Our training will help Tunisian forces strengthen their border security and stop the spread of Daesh along the coast.”

"Our training will help Tunisian forces strengthen their border security and stop the spread of Daesh along the coast."

Nearly 200 personnel at Tunisian Army locations will be trained by the British troops.

This is the third training deployment delivered as part of the UK’s commitment to improving security in the region, following previous instalments in February and late 2015, the UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The UK has already helped build the 1st Tunisian Brigade border security capability.

In a separate development, Fallon announced that the UK would extend counter-IED training for an additional year to support Tunisia against the threat of extremists.

The UK currently has more than 3,000 military personnel deployed on operations worldwide.


Image: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that UK Armed Forces will provide training to Tunisian forces. Photo: courtesy of UK Government.