To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are currently involved in training operations in support of aerial targeting procedures used by the airforces of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
18 July 2017
There are currently around 125 Armed Forces personnel based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, delivering the breadth of UK defence engagement with Saudi Arabia. Amongst their many tasks, these personnel deliver training, which we assess helps develop the Saudi-led Coalition's targeting processes and supports their compliance with International Humanitarian Law. During courses, additional personnel either deploy to Saudi Arabia, or provide training in the UK.