UK puts Iraq training mission on hold

UK puts Iraq training mission on hold

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has put on hold proposals to deploy “hundreds” of UK troops to Iraq this month to train the Iraqi Army, senior defence sources have told IHS Jane’s .

The UK is instead to concentrate on enhancing coalition air surveillance, as well as sending “around 20” counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) experts to help train Kurdish peshmerga fighters to deal with Islamic State roadside bombs and then begin training Syrian rebels in Jordan and Turkey.

According to senior defence sources in London, fears that UK troops could be killed or taken hostage in the run-up to the UK general election in May were behind the rejection of plans developed by the UK Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General John Lorimer, to send a battalion-sized training team to Iraq, including some 200 trainers and a similar-sized force-protection contingent.

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