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Britain To Send More Army Trainers To Iraq


Britain says it will boost the number of its army trainers in Iraq to support the local armed forces' battle against Islamic State (IS) militants.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told reporters in Baghdad on November 5 that the details of the mission would be decided soon.

"This is fairly urgent. We will be doing this in the next few weeks," he said.

The office of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said that during his meeting with Fallon, Abadi emphasized efforts to increase the "participation of the tribes and their cooperation" with Iraqi armed forces.

Britain is already carrying out air strikes against IS militants, who control large swathes of Iraq, as part of a U.S.-led aerial campaign.

Last month, London said a team of soldiers was training Kurdish Peshmerga forces to use heavy machine guns supplied by Britain.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters
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