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Iraq: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 71864, tabled on 9 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of covid-19 cases in Iraq on the operational success of Operation Shader.

Answered on

14 July 2020

We are committed to the protection and wellbeing of our deployed personnel and will take all necessary steps to ensure their safety. We constantly monitor Covid-19 cases across all operational theatres, including Iraq, and employ measures to comply with both UK and host nation and coalition requirements to help contain Covid-19.

Counter-Daesh operations are continuing; however, in March, we redeployed a portion of personnel based in Iraq back to the UK following a slowing demand for training of Iraqi Security Forces, due to Covid-19. We keep this situation under close review and we remain fully committed to the Global Coalition.

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