A soldier from 4 RIFLES mentoring the Iraqi Border Guard in conducting vehicle and personnel searches.
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UK Forces Will Be Sent 'Outside The Wire' In Iraq As Islamic State Retreats

UK forces will provide enhanced protection for Brits working in and around coalition bases...

A soldier from 4 RIFLES mentoring the Iraqi Border Guard in conducting vehicle and personnel searches.

British personnel in Iraq will be sent 'outside the wire' as part of a change in strategy in the fight against so-called Islamic State.

UK forces deployed at Iraq's Al-Asad Airbase will train further forward, and provide enhanced protection for those Brits working in and around coalition bases.

2 RIFLES currently provide counter-IED, infantry and combat medical training to Iraqi Security Forces at Al-Asad, and will now patrol outside the perimeter of the base, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon MP told the House of Commons.

The UK is also deploying a further team of British military medical personnel to Al-Asad to provide treatment to coalition forces and will extend the deployment of British engineers at the base by six months. Mr Fallon said:

"The fight against Daesh's reign of terror is not over and as the nature of the coalition campaign changes, the role we play must adapt too."

"By training Iraq forces we are helping with the long-term stability of the country and our own security here at home."

More than 600 British troops are on the ground in Iraq as part of the training effort.

Over 58,000 Iraqi Security Forces personnel have been trained to date, while RAF aircraft have launched more than 1,600 airstrikes against IS.

A fresh contingent of British personnel will deploy to Iraq this December in a mentoring and force protection role, as part of the British effort in Iraq to train Iraqi forces.

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