Britain will increase its involvement in Jordan to fight Islamic State
The increase in British involvement follows Jordan’s decision to extend air strikes from Syria to Iraq.
Royal Artillery drones and electronic jammers from the Royal Signals are among units that will be in place by April.
The RAF Sentinel R1 spy-plane will be deployed to hunt down Islamic State commanders.
We will shortly be in a position to deploy as many as 2,000 troops mainly in a training capacity
Only three British soldiers were operating outside the Kurdish-controlled areas of Iraq, despite Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s pledge to commit “hundreds” of trainers.
Senior military sources claim that the general election in May is slowing moves in Iraq.
“We will shortly be in a position to deploy as many as 2,000 troops mainly in a training capacity,” one said, “though a proportion will be ready for force protection purposes if that decision is taken.”
Select committee member Colonel Bob Stewart said there was “only one way to deal with people who behave in the most monstrous way under a masquerade for religious duty”.