What is the UK doing in Iraq?

British troops are not in a combat role in Iraq but are on the ground with coalition partners providing training and equipment to Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Kurdish Security Forces (KSF).

Why is Iraq of interest to the UK?

US and British interests were fixed on Iraq after discoveries of petroleum. Historically, the UK controlled the majority of the oil resources under the Iraq Petroleum Company. Iraq became independent from Britain in 1931 under King Faysal and Nuri-as-Said who maintained a pro-British regime.

How many British troops are in Iraq now?

There are around 1,400 UK military and civilian personnel in Iraq as part of anti-Isis operations, according to the Ministry of Defence.

How many British troops are still in Iraq?

Currently 100 UK personnel are stationed there training Iraqi security forces. Under a new Nato mission, they could also be used in a security role – which could bring them into direct conflict with militia groups.

Does the UK have an embassy in Iraq?

The British Embassy in Baghdad maintains and develops relations between the UK and Iraq. Our work covers a range of issues including trade and investment, education, culture, development, energy and climate security and defence. Find out more on our UK and Iraq news page.

Does UK trade with Iraq?

UK companies can increase their sales, growth and stability by selling to Iraq. Our export guide to Iraq provides essential information for new and established exporters.

Was Iraq a British colony?

Britain seized Iraq from Ottoman Turkey during World War I and was granted a mandate by the League of Nations to govern the nation in 1920. A Hashemite monarchy was organized under British protection in 1921, and on October 3, 1932, the kingdom of Iraq was granted independence.

What is the old name for Iraq?

During ancient times, lands that now constitute Iraq were known as Mesopotamia (“Land Between the Rivers”), a region whose extensive alluvial plains gave rise to some of the world’s earliest civilizations, including those of Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, and Assyria.

What are the security threats to the UK in Iraq?

Militant groups opposed to western presence in Iraq continue to pose a threat to UK and other interests in Iraq – including through attacks on Global Coalition military bases, diplomatic premises, and foreign nationals. It is possible that the security situation could deteriorate quickly.

What is the UK government doing to help Iraq?

Supporting the people and Iraqi government as they build a stable, prosperous and democratic nation. Increasing UK-Iraq trade and investment, realising Iraq’s economic potential, supporting long-term stability and working with Iraq to build partnerships in the region and beyond.

Where can I find the best Iraqi news?

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How can I get consular support in Iraq?

Consular support is severely limited in Iraq. The British Embassy in Baghdad and the British Consulate-General in Erbil operate a limited consular service by appointment only. The Embassy and Consulate-General’s ability to visit locations across Iraq is limited and travel to unsecure areas to deliver consular services may not be possible.