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UK urges for continued momentum against ISIL
CTB News: 17/02/2017 - 09:19
At a meeting of defence ministers, Michael Fallon has urged the UK’s Coalition partners to maintain the momentum that is defeating ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
Ministers, including Fallon and US Defense Secretary James Mattis, were considering plans for 2017, including the operation to liberate Western Mosul and plans to make the training effort more flexible.
The UK’s Defence Secretary recently authorised UK personnel to deliver training at secured and protected locations in Iraq, in addition to the training sites at Taji, Al Asad, Besmayah and Irbil, where personnel are already deployed.
Fallon also confirmed that Britain will send a UK military officer to help lead NATO’s newly established training and capacity building mission in Iraq.
Fallon said: “Daesh [ISIL] is losing ground, fighters, and funding. Now we need to keep up the pressure on Mosul and Raqqa to deal Daesh a decisive blow. Britain will continue playing its leading role providing vital intelligence, precision airstrikes, and training Iraqi forces where they need it.”
The UK and US have announced new carry-on restrictions banning large electronic devices on certain passenger flight, with US media reporting that so-called Islamic State group (IS) has been working on ways to smuggle explosives on to planes by hiding them in electronics.
Mayor of London Saidq Khan has launched a new policing plan, outlining a series of measures aimed at tackling hate crime, supporting victims and boosting the Metropolitan police’s armed anti-terror squad.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has announced that Jeremy Fleming has been appointed to succeed Robert Hannigan as director of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), with the agreement of Prime Minister Theresa May.