Rifles And Engineers Put Final Training Into Practice Ahead Of Iraq Deployment


3rd Battalion the Rifles along with 21 and 35 Engineer Regiment have been carrying out their final training in Wales ahead of deploying to Iraq in December.

The Iraqi military continues to battle so-called Islamic State and 200 British troops will help train them in counter IED [improvised explosive devices] and close protection.

In Iraq road sides attacks remain a common occurrence and practising for such an eventuality is an essential part of pre-deployment training.

“Inevitably the day to day life in Iraq will be less intense but if the guys go out the door and know they can deal with the worse cases, they’ve got that confidence that if it does go wrong for whatever reason, they’re able to cope with that,” Major Mike Holgate told Forces News.

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Source: Forces News