The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to redeploy some of its personnel engaged in training missions in Iraq back to the UK.
The decision is due to the reduced requirement for training from the Iraqi Security Forces and a subsequent pause in the Coalition and NATO training missions in Iraq following the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“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.”