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Ministry of Defence: Iraq

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 9706, tabled on 9 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence staff were based in Iraq on (a) 1 January, (b) 1 April and (c) 1 September 2015.

Answered on

16 September 2015

The majority of Ministry of Defence (MOD) staff currently in Iraq are deployed on Operation SHADER in support of the Global Coalition's efforts to degrade and defeat the, so called, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). All MOD staff currently deployed to Iraq are Service personnel and the precise number will fluctuate on an almost daily basis as personnel move in and out of Iraq for operational reasons. The MOD has five staff permanently based in Iraq at the British Embassy and Consulate General.


Total MOD Civilian and

Service personnel in Iraq

1 January 2015


1 April 2015


1 September 2015