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Camp Taji: Why Are British Personnel At The Iraqi Base?

Around 400 UK military personnel are currently stationed in Iraq across several sites, including Camp Taji.

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Three members of coalition personnel have been killed at Camp Taji in Iraq, including a British soldier.

At least 12 others were injured in the rocket attack on the base.

Around 400 UK military personnel are currently stationed in Iraq across several sites, including Camp Taji.

Why are British personnel based at Camp Taji?

One of the largest military bases in the country, the site is used by coalition forces, as well as members of the new Iraqi Army, the Iraqi National Guard, and the Iraqi Air Force.

Situated around 27km (17mi) north of Baghdad, Camp Taji was once a secret base for Saddam Hussein’s personal army – Iraqi tanks were repaired there, and chemical weapons were manufactured.

Thousands of vehicles from the Saddam-era now fill part of the site.

Camp Taji in Iraq

From 2003 onwards it was home to American forces before eventually being scaled down.

In the summer of 2014, Iraq's future looked more perilous when IS controlled swathes of the country and started closing in on Baghdad.

Despite an Iraqi Army of around 200,000 men, four divisions collapsed against the enemy.

Three years after leaving Iraq with the end of Operation Telic, British troops returned in a non-combat role as part of a coalition of nations sent in to retrain Iraq’s army.

A heavily fortified Green Zone at Camp Taji is now home to hundreds of coalition troops, including a British team that trains local forces.

The UK's training presence forms part of the fight against so-called Islamic State, Operation Shader - the British contribution to fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

WATCH: In 2018 we went inside Camp Taji.