Date: Monday March 23, 2020 at 10:39am
Following a pause
in the coalition training mission in Iraq, some service personnel will be
redeploying back to the UK.
Published 19 March 2020
of Defence and The
Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Following the COVID-19 outbreak,
there has been a reduced requirement for training from the Iraqi Security
Forces and a subsequent pause in the Coalition and North Atlantic Treaty
Organisation training missions in Iraq. The Ministry of Defence has therefore
decided to redeploy some of its personnel back to the United Kingdom (UK).
The training mission, which the
UK has conducted alongside Global Coalition partners since 2014, has been
paused for 60 days as a precaution due to the global pandemic.
The UK will retain key military
personnel throughout the country to ensure the Iraqi Government, Global
Coalition and UK national interests are appropriately supported.
The troops returning home will
remain at readiness for a range of potential deployments across the world,
while having the opportunity to support loved ones facing the challenges of the
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace
"In recent months the tempo of training has
significantly declined, which means that I am in a position to bring back the
current training unit to the UK."
"There remains a significant
footprint of UK Armed Forces within the coalition and elsewhere. We are
committed to building Iraq’s security capacity through our membership of the
Global Coalition that has proved so effective and will continue to support the
Iraqi Government in achieving stability."
While Daesh no longer holds any
territory, its corrupt ideology persists as a threat to the country and region.
The UK remains committed to the complete defeat of Daesh through our enduring
support to the Government of Iraq and membership of the Global Coalition.