UK boots on the ground in Iraq: 100 Paras deployed in battles against ISIS ... the first fighting troops in the region since 2009

‘A force of up to 100 Paras is being sent to join the battle against Islamic State (IS) with authority to shoot and kill when needed.

The elite troops are the first detachment of British soldiers to go to Iraq in a fighting role since 2009.

The Paras’ job will be to protect around 350 British military instructors who are being sent out in January to train the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces.’

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