Cameron Announces Plans to Send 125 More Military Trainers to Iraq

© AFP 2022 / SAFIN HAMEDBritish military advisers instruct Kurdish Peshmerga fighters during a training session at a shooting range on the outskirts of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on November 5, 2014
British military advisers instruct Kurdish Peshmerga fighters during a training session at a shooting range on the outskirts of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on November 5, 2014 - Sputnik International
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UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Sunday that he was planning to send additional 125 military personnel to Iraq to help the country counter the Islamic State (ISIL) group, at an annual Group of Seven (G7) summit in Bavaria, Germany.

A British army soldier walks past Iraqi army tanks during a training mission in Latifiyah, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq - Sputnik International
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According to the BBC, Cameron has named ISIL military activities the "biggest threat" the G7 leaders had to focus on, adding that most trainers will be involved in instructing Iraqi soldiers how to deal with explosives.

According to British media, the 125 military experts will bring the total number of UK personnel supporting the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL to 275 trainers.

Cameron's announcement comes ahead of a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, who was invited to participate in the second day of G7 summit on June 8 to discuss ISIL advances in his country.

Islamic State is a Sunni jihadist group, notorious for brutal unlawful executions and many human rights atrocities, that is currently in control of vast territories in Iraq and Syria.

In September 2014, the United Kingdom joined the US-led coalition, which has been conducting airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq since August 2014.

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