Britain is sending extra troops to Iraq to bring the defeat of Islamic State a 'step closer', the Defence Secretary announced last night.
Sir Michael Fallon said the deployment of 44 troops to Anbar Province would support the coalition effort as it enters its final phase.
British troops will work in non-combat roles at the Al Asad airbase to construct a squadron headquarters, accommodation and offices.
Military officials said their arrival, which will bring the total number of British troops in Iraq to over 600, would free up coalition personnel to fight Islamic State in the region.
Sir Michael said: 'We are stepping up our contribution to the fight against Daesh and fulfilling Britain's role as a key player in the global coalition.
Sir Michael Fallon said the deployment of 44 troops to Anbar Province would support the coalition effort as it enters its final phase
'Daesh is being defeated. Iraqi forces, backed by coalition airstrikes, have now liberated 70 per cent of the territory Daesh held and the victims of its barbarism are being helped by our humanitarian support.
'These extra troops will help support operations