Defence & Security News - United Kingdom
|Saturday, August 9, 2014 08:42 AM|
|Special Forces of the British army are deployed in Iraq to help American Forces.|
According the newspaper website Daily Mirror, Special Forces of the British Army (SAS) are deployed in Iraq to help American Forces. Britain’s Department for International Development announced it will give £8million towards the air drops and the plight of the refugees.
The SAS (Special Air Service) Regiment is a corps of the British Army and a part of the United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) commanded by the Director Special Forces.
Two U.S. F-18 fighter performed airstrikes with 500lb laser-guided bombs close to the stricken region of Arbil, northern Iraq.
UNited Sates planes also dropped 72 bundles of supplies, including 8,000 ready-to-eat meals and thousands of gallons of drinking water, for threatened civilians.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed British RAF air drops could start in the next few days.
Mr Fallon said: “What we have decided today is to assist the United States in the humanitarian operations that started yesterday. We are offering technical assistance in that in terms of refuelling and surveillance.
Today’s air-strikes on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s ruthless network came just hours after US President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for the attacks.
The targets were IS’s mobile artillery positions which have pounded Kurdish forces defending the city of Arbil.
The Mirror’s military source added: “British special forces will play a crucial role, in getting the RAF’s air drops to the right people and in helping gather intelligence.
American special forces troops including Navy SEALs and army Delta Force and CIA spies have been in Baghdad and Arbil for weeks helping with the Iraqi effort to tackle the growing ISIL threat.