Yorkshire soldiers train Kurds in Iraq

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Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Yorkshire soldiers are helping Iraqi Kurds to prepare to fight Islamic State extremists in Iraq.

The 12-strong Yorkshire Regiment “specialist team” is showing the Kurds how to work UK-provided machine guns, according to the Ministry of Defence.

The troops are likely to be based in northern Iraq’s Irbil, a Kurdish-controlled city, for a whole week.

The Yorkshire squad’s heavy artillery lessons come only a month after the Government pledged to supply the Peshmerga, another name for Kurdish forces, with ammunition rounds and 40 heavy artillery machine guns.

In addition, the UK’s air force has ferried ammunition and military apparatus to the north of the country for other nations. Body armour, ration packs and helmets are included in this equipment.

The MoD says ministers had earlier signalled their aim to give the Peshmerga training to help the ongoing effort to help the battle IS.

Cyprus-based RAF Tornado jets have been undertaking combat flights over the country since last month.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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