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Middle East: Military Intervention

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL2326, tabled on 13 October 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any British forces in either Iraq or Syria are under the command of US officers.

Answered on

21 October 2016

The coalition's counter-Daesh military response in Iraq and Syria is directed by the US commander of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF).

All UK forces in Iraq and Syria remain under national command, apart from UK military personnel embedded into coalition posts in the CJTF. However, embedded personnel are still bound by UK law, policy and guidance on response in an armed conflict.