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Iraq: Military Aid

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 5663, tabled on 6 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Government has spent on operations in support of Iraqi troops in each month since April 2009.

Answered on

13 July 2015

Between 30 April 2009 and 22 May 2011, small numbers of UK personnel were involved in training Iraqi Armed Forces under the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, and bilaterally with the Iraqi Navy. These net additional costs can not be separately identified from the costs associated with our broader presence in the Gulf during that period.

From May 2011 to August 2014, no additional support was provided beyond routine engagement by the Defence Section in Baghdad.

The net additional costs of operations in support of Iraqi forces since August 2014 can not be separately identified from the costs of the broader countering ISIL activity in Iraq and Syria. These costs between August 2014 and 31 March 2015 were around £45 million, met from the Deployed Military Activity Pool and the HM Treasury Special Reserve, In addition, the replenishment cost of munitions expended in that period was approximately £35 million - the weapons will be replaced in financial year 2015-16.